Thursday, August 27, 2009

Port Officials Seize Drugs from Import Container

£1.7 million Estimated Value of Cannabis Shipment
Shipping News Feature

FELIXSTOWE, UK – Officials from the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) have released details of a consignment of 600 x 1 kilogramme blocks of compressed herbal cannabis which they seized from a South African import container last week.

In a bid to dissuade investigation of the contents the smugglers had used Toxic and Danger decals on the doors of the box but made an amateurish mistake when they declared the goods as two different commodities. Customs officials noted the description as being both wooden bowls and moisturising cream.

The container was en route from Durban and the goods were packed into boxes which in total contained goods with an approximate street value of £1.7 million. It is believed the drugs were for distribution from an unspecified address in the North West of England.

In a statement to HSG Jim Jarvie, Deputy Regional Director Central Region of UKBA, said: "This is a substantial seizure and an excellent result. Drug smugglers are criminals who are only out to make a profit and care nothing for the devastating impact their illegal trade has on communities and individuals. We will continue to fight the threat that drug smuggling poses to the UK.”