Man in court on cocaine charge

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A MAN charged with intent to supply cocaine worth nearly £750,000 pleaded not guilty when he appeared before magistrates.

Christopher Peachment, of Selt Close, Long Buckby, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Friday charged with intent to supply Class A drugs, cultivation of cannabis and possession of a false passport.

Police officers discovered 18.5 kilos of drug substances in a basement flat in East Park Parade, Kingsley, Northampton, during an early morning raid on Wednesday last week.

The drugs, initially thought to be worth £500,000, are now believed to have a street value of £740,000.

Police raided the basement as part of Operation Guardian, the on-going campaign by Northamptonshire Police.

The drugs were concealed in various places, including a small brick room.

The door to this room was hidden behind a full-length mirror and a skirting board attached to the wall with Velcro.

Two cannabis plants and a false passport were also found, as well as weighing scales and other equipment used in the manufacture of drugs.

Mr Peachment pleaded not guilty to the charges and he was remanded in custody ahead of a hearing on October 14, when magistrates will decide whether his case should be heard in the Crown Court.