Man due in court after cannabis find

A man is due to appear in court in connection with the seizure of cannabis worth around �300,000.

IPSWICH: A man is due to appear in court in connection with the seizure of cannabis worth around �300,000.

Darren Waller is scheduled to appear at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court on January 8.

The 41-year-old is charged with possession of a class B drug with intent to supply.

Waller was arrested after a white Renault Master van was stopped on the A12 at Brightwell, near Martlesham Heath, earlier this month.

Officers discovered 30 kilos of cannabis, split into one kilo bags.

The drugs were allegedly found in the rear of the vehicle.

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At the time police said the haul was estimated to be worth around �300,000.

The arrest of Waller, of Normandy Road, Lowestoft, came during a countywide operation, codenamed Dace, which ran from Monday, November 9 to Sunday, November 15.

Over the course of the week more than �700,000 of drugs were seized and 60 people arrested.

The operation saw the deployment of specialist teams, drugs dogs, the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) intercept team, a specialist machine called the 'Ion Track' and metal detecting knife arches in a number of locations.

Officers from the British Transport Police also took part in a joint operation to target drugs entering Suffolk via Ipswich train station.

In seven days 80 offences were recorded - 26 of those were for drug trafficking.

In a separate incident from the drugs' find at Brightwell, a police raid on a cannabis factory in Fletcher Road, Ipswich, found 300 plants with an estimated street value of �300,000.