Huge haul of cannabis worth over £1m seized at Port of Liverpool

A man has been arrested after 365kg of cannabis was seized at the Royal Seaforth Dock in Liverpool
-Credit: (Image: Merseyside Police)

A man has been arrested over two months after a container with 365kg of cannabis was seized at the Port of Liverpool.

Border Force officers intercepted and seized a container of cannabis worth between £1.28m and £1.92m as it arrived at the Royal Seaforth Dock on Monday, April 22. Merseyside Police yesterday arrested a 61-year-old man on suspicion of importing the class B drug. He has since been released under investigation.

Warrants were also carried out at an address and a business premises in Kirkby where devices, documentation and £5,000 were seized. A police cordon remains in place at the premises in Kirkby whilst officers continue to search the site.

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An image shared by Merseyside Police showed the huge seizure laid out in a warehouse. The haul of cannabis, sitting on wooden crates and appearing to have been shipped in cardboard boxes, was stamped with the Canadian flag.

Detective Inspector Steve Byrom said: "A significant hoard of cannabis and cash has been found and seized by our officers that could have caused serious harm in our community. Not only have we disrupted and removed a huge quantity of drugs destined for our streets and further afield we have also arrested a man and are continuing our investigation into this crime.

"Organised crime is hugely damaging to our communities, often involving intimidation, violence and creating fear where criminals involved have no thought for anyone other than themselves. I hope this significant find reassures our communities that our officers are committed in removing any dangerous drugs in their area. I would ask anyone who has any information about who is supplying or selling drugs in their area to contact us so we can continue to take action."

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