Harwich: Cannabis worth £1.7m seized at port

Cannabis worth £1.7million has been seized at the Port of Harwich

Cannabis worth £1.7million has been seized at the Port of Harwich - Credit: PA

CANNABIS with an estimated street value of more than £1.7m has been seized at the Port of Harwich.

Officers from Border Force discovered approximately 430kg of the Class B drug shortly after 5.30am last Thursday (4 April).

The cannabis was found in the trailer of a lorry which had arrived at the port on a ferry from the Hook of Holland.

Two Dutch men, aged 72 and 48, were arrested on suspicion of illegally importing a Class B drug. They have been bailed until 13 May while investigations continue.

Charlotte Mann, from Border Force, said: “By thwarting this smuggling attempt we have stopped a sizeable amount of cannabis making it onto the streets of Britain.

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“Seizures like this demonstrate how Border Force officers are at the forefront of the fight to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.

“Drug trafficking is a serious offence and those convicted face long prison sentences.”

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Anyone with information about suspected smuggling should contact the Border Force hotline on 0800 59 5000.

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