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Driver On Ferry Arrested For Drugs

Sun., July 9, 1995, midnight

Customs officers seized 615 pounds of speed, or amphetamine sulfate, hidden in a vanload of silk flowers on a ferry from Belgium and arrested a Dutch man, the government said.

The shipment was intercepted Friday in Ramsgate, about 60 miles east of London, aboard a ferry from Ostend. Alexander Marinus Franciscus Joseph Van Stein, 32, a driver from Beevenwijk, Netherlands, was arrested.

A Customs and Excise spokesman said the haul, estimated to be worth $45 million, was “one of the biggest, if not the biggest ever” in Britain.

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