25/09/2015

More Than One Tonne Of Cannabis Uncovered At London Gateway

More than one tonne of cannabis has been discovered at London Gateway in a container that had arrived from Ghana earlier this month.

Border Force officers uncovered the drugs in a container that was officially carrying corn husks and corn flour.

It is understood that the cannabis was found in cardboard boxes hidden beneath the corn.

Border Force Assistant Director for London Gateway, Mark Kennedy, said: "The load had been manifested as sacks of corn husks and corn flour, but when officers started to unload the sacks they found a heap of cardboard boxes buried underneath. All the boxes, 42 in total, were stuffed with shrink-wrapped blocks of cannabis.

"By making this seizure, worth an estimated £2.3m, Border Force officers have prevented a substantial quantity of illegal drugs from ending up on the streets of the UK."

The Border Force seizure was made on 12 September 2015 and the case was passed to the National Crime Agency who continue to investigate.

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling can call our hotline on 0800 59 5000.

(MH)

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