Officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) of the UK are assisting in the identification of a body discovered off the coast of County Donegal as possibly belonging to a man who is scheduled to stand trial for a multimillion-pound drug seizure.
At the base of the Slieve League cliffs, the body was discovered in the water on Monday.
The NCA claimed that it is collaborating with the garda (Irish police) "to ascertain" whether Robert Wilkin's body is in the body.
Northern Irishman Mr. Wilkin was detained in August 2021 after cocaine and heroin worth £5.7m were found in his lorry at the Coquelles Channel Tunnel terminal.
The NCA claimed at the time that Mr. Wilkin's Polish-registered truck had been traveling to Kent with a valid load of Belgian chocolates.
According to the report, border force agents found two pallets of chocolates hidden with 63 kg of heroin and 32 kg of cocaine.
According to a NCA spokesperson, Mr. Wilkin was charged, released on bail, and was scheduled to go to trial in October.
The spokesperson stated, "We are collaborating with the Irish police to determine whether it is the same person.
"We are aware that a man with the same name and age has reportedly been discovered dead in Donegal, according to some Irish media outlets. ".
Officers stated on Tuesday that they had "operational reasons" for withholding the findings of the post-mortem examination.
The Slieve League cliffs were closed for a large portion of last week while garda looked into an alleged assault that happened there between June 24 and 25.
A man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s who had been detained in connection with the incident were released on Tuesday night without being charged.
At the Ballyshannon Garda Station, an incident room, according to police, has been set up.
They requested dashcam footage and information from anyone who saw anything unusual between the afternoon of June 24 and the evening of June 25 in the vicinity of Slieve League and Killybegs.