Felixstowe: £2.9 Million Drugs Seized

13 October 2011, 12:54 | Updated: 13 October 2011, 13:01

Nearly 3 million pounds worth of drugs have been seized by the UK Border Agency at the Port of Felixstowe in Suffolk.

Ecstasy and cannabis worth an estimated £2.9m were discovered in a lorry that arrived at 4am yesterday (12 October) on a boat from Vlaardingen, Holland.

Among the eight different consignments that the lorry was carrying were two pallets of 14 cardboard boxes listed as home decorations.

However, when one of the boxes was opened, officers found not ornaments, but plywood boxes filled with cannabis and ecstasy. In total, officers uncovered 320,000 ecstasy pills, 600kg of cannabis resin and 30kg of skunk.
Brian Hill, the UK Border Agency’s assistant director at Felixstowe, said:

“The UK Border Agency is at the forefront of the war against drugs and yesterday’s seizure is a significant victory, preventing a vast quantity of illegal narcotics from hitting the UK’s streets.

“We are determined to protect society from this activity which can have such a destructive impact on local communities as well as individuals.

“Anyone with information about suspected smuggling should contact our hotline on 0800 59 5000."

One person has been arrested, but has now been released without charge. Investigations are continuing.