£300,000 drugs haul at Portsmouth ferryport

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BORDER Force officers seized around 100kg of cannabis resin hidden in a lorry full of fruit.

Officials stopped and boarded the truck at Portsmouth’s port.

It had arrived from Spain and was carrying a consignment of fruit.

After stopping the lorry, officers found the cannabis hidden inside.

It is estimated to have a street value of more than £300,000.

A 41-year-old British man was arrested and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Carole Upshall, the regional director for Border Force South, said: ‘Cannabis and other illegal drugs are known to be linked with serious and organised crime, which has a devastating impact on our communities.

‘This seizure means a significant quantity of drugs has failed to reach the streets and demonstrates our commitment to keeping them out of the UK.’

Following the Border Force seizure, the investigation and potential prosecution is being handled by the newly-created National Crime Agency.

It happened on Monday.

The Border Force was set up in March 2012 to protect the UK’s borders.

As reported in The News, the organisation recently commissioned a new cutter for its fleet which patrols UK waters intercepting drug shipments and other trafficking by sea.

The vessel is to be based in Portsmouth.

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