Accused drug smugglers deny cocaine trafficking in Solent

Three men have pleaded not guilty to importing a medicinal form of cocaine into the country.

Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 2:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 11:01 am

Benn Bath, 32, of Gibbons Rise, Staplehurst, Kent; Joshua Paige, 27, of Cardigan Close, High Halstow, Rochester, Kent; and Milos Bigovic, 29, of Pozarevac, Serbia, today appeared at Winchester Crown Court charged with importing the class A drug cocaine hydrochloride in April 2020.

Bigovic is also accused of possessing the drug with intent to supply on April 26, 2020.

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The three defendants entered not guilty pleas to the charges and Judge Andrew Barnett adjourned the case for a further hearing on August 14.

They first appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court after an investigation by the National Crime Agency into drug trafficking via the Solent.