Two men appear in court charged over €157m cocaine haul off Irish coast

English national and Ukrainian national were charged with conspiracy to import drugs and remanded in custody

Two men arrested have been charged before Waterford District Court over the €157m cocaine shipment seized off the Irish coast on Sunday night.

The two accused, Jamie Harbron (30) of 26 South Avenue, Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom, and Ukrainian Vitaliy Lapa (60), of no fixed address, were both charged with conspiracy to import drugs under Section 71 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2006.

The two men were conveyed from Wexford Garda station to Waterford courthouse on Friday evening, arriving under heavy garda escort.

The pair, who are the first of seven people arrested to be charged, appeared before Judge John Cheatle.

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