According to the UK’s Telegraph, the Kawasaki World Superbike trucks of Paul Bird Motorsport were stopped by the UK Border Agency (UKBA), and found drugs and a gun with 35 rounds. Now, we know what you’re thinking, someone forgot to hide their stash, and the media is making a mountain out of a molehill, right?
However crossing by ferry into England, presumably for the Donington Park round, the UKBA allegedly stopped and searched a pair of Kawasaki trucks, finding 157 lbs (71kg) of amphetamine tablets, more than 220 lbs (100kg) of marijuana, and enough cocaine to kill a small elephant (18 lbs/ 8kg).
While the intent to traffic the drugs into the UK hasn’t been established, it is hard to imagine that amount of narcotics going towards someone’s personal use (Charlie Sheen?). Unsurprisingly then, four members of the Paul Bird Motorsport team were arrested, questioned, and later released on bail by the British Police.
The Kawasaki WSBK team is set to go racing in Monza this coming weekend, and so far Paul Bird Motorsport and Kawasaki have not addressed this news, how the drugs could have made it onboard the trucks, and whether the detained team members would be participating in the Italian race weekend.
We expect though that with the pace this story is spreading, a statement will be coming forth shortly. More news as we get it.