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Cannabis worth £1m smuggled through port

PUBLISHED: 15:09 12 May 2003 | UPDATED: 13:51 03 March 2010

DRUGS with a street value of £1million, which were smuggled through Felixstowe port, have been found in a furniture warehouse, it was revealed today.

Customs officers made the discovery during a series of routine checks on import consignments - finding 300 kilogrammes of herbal cannabis hidden among items of household furniture.

DRUGS with a street value of £1million, which were smuggled through Felixstowe port, have been found in a furniture warehouse, it was revealed today.

Customs officers made the discovery during a series of routine checks on import consignments – finding 300 kilogrammes of herbal cannabis hidden among items of household furniture.

A full investigation has now been launched by customs officers but so far no arrests have been made.

The drugs came through Felixstowe in a shipment from South Africa in January.

They then sat untouched in a warehouse in Dorset for five months.

Customs officers say no-one had turned up to collect the boxes, which were found in the furniture depository close to Bournemouth Airport on Thursday.

When officers went to inspect imported goods at the depository, the consignment was described as 37 boxes of personal effects.

But when examined, 30 of them were found to contain herbal cannabis.

The other boxes contained furniture as described.

Customs spokesman Bob Gaiger said: "This was an excellent detection by one of the new Customs mobile teams.

"In line with the government's drugs strategy, HM Customs & Excise's main priority relating to drugs is to reduce the availability of Class A drugs.

"We continue to uphold the law relating to other illegal drugs, including cannabis."

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