Border Force officers at London Gateway have discovered 1.1 tonnes of the Class B drug cannabis, following the search of a container which arrived at the port from Ghana.
The cannabis haul made on 12 September is worth an estimated £2.3 million – the case was passed to the National Crime Agency, which continues to investigate.
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.”
Border Force officers are at the front line in protecting the UK – and play a key role in detecting illegal immigration, disrupting serious and organised crime, as well as helping to prevent the threat of terrorism.
The Border Force also protects UK revenue using a range of search techniques, including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners.
Officers also carry out visual searches to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco.
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