A man has appeared in court charged with a drug supply offence after officers found cocaine worth a street value of £1.5 million in a car which was stopped on the M6 near Todhills.

Paul May, aged 39, of Mill Lane, Southport, appeared at North Cumbria Magistrates’ Court today (8 February) charged with possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.

May was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear at Carlisle Crown Court on 4 March.

This follows a police investigation after a vehicle was stopped on the M6  on Tuesday 6 February for vehicle checks at a weighbridge, which subsequently revealed vehicle faults.

Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and recovered 15kg of cocaine, which equates to a potential street value of £1.5 million.

This activity is part of Operation Alliance, Cumbria Constabulary’s ongoing response to protect the county against serious and organised crime.