£3m of Heroin Seized At Dover Port

Heroin with an estimated street value of £3million has been seized by Border Force officers at Dover's Western Docks.

The 60kilos of the drug were discovered when officials at the freight controls examined part of a mixed delivery that had arrived in a Turkish-registered lorry. The drugs were discovered in packages in the structure of cardboard boxes containing shirts.
 
The contents of the packages tested positive to a field test for heroin. 
 
The investigation was passed to the National Crime Agency (NCA).  A Turkish national has been bailed while enquiries continue.
 
Paul Morgan, Director of Border Force South East and Europe, said: "This is another example of how our officers have prevented dangerous Class A drugs from ending up on the streets of the UK.
 
"Every year Border Force officers seize Class A drugs worth hundreds of million of pounds. Working with law enforcement colleagues like the NCA we are determined to prevent drug trafficking."
 
Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers try to bring into the country.

They use a variety of search techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners - as well as visual searches - to find stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.

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

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