Cocaine with an estimated street value of £8million has been found in a lorry full of Christmas trees at the Port of Harwich.
Officers from the Border Force seized 54kg of the class A drug in the early hours of Monday morning.
The lorry had travelled to the port on a ferry from the Hook of Holland.
“Smugglers will use any kind of method and any kind of cover load in their attempts to breach border controls.
By making this seizure, worth millions of pounds, Border Force officers have prevented a substantial quantity of dangerous class A drugs from ending up on the streets of the UK and put a serious dent in the profits of the international criminal networks involved in this type of smuggling.
Working with our colleagues at the NCA we are determined to do all we can to stop drug traffickers. Those convicted of drug importation offences face considerable prison sentences.”
A 27-year-old Romanian man, Filip Adrian Tunea, has been charged with importing a Class A drug.
The UK's only ferry link from our region to Scandinavia is making its final crossing.
The last passengers boarded the DFDS Seaways ship bound for Denmark yesterday. It is due to arrive in Esbjerg early this afternoon.
The route between Harwich in Essex and the Danish port had been in operation for nearly 140 years, but DFDS says new European laws on what fuel they use mean the route is no longer sustainable. Passenger numbers have dropped from 300,000 to about 80,000.
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Customs officers have intercepted cannabis valued at £30,000 at the Port of Harwich in Essex.
Officers discovered 10kg of herbal cannabis hidden in the spare wheel compartment of a car that arrived on a ferry from the Netherlands on Friday evening.
A Belgian man's been remanded in custody charged with the importation of a class B drug.
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Warning signs have been put up on Dovercourt beach near Harwich to warn members of the public about unexploded hand grenades.
A decision on whether a section of the beach will be closed is due to be taken this afternoon.
Signs are being put up on a beach in Essex warning about the danger of unexploded hand grenades.
Five of the second world war devices have been washed up at Dovercourt near Harwich.
Recently, a device was found on the shoreline at Marine Parade when an off-duty military explosives expert saw a person throwing a grenade around for a dog to chase.
It's prompted the council to seek expert advice on whether it needs to close the area off.
Police have urged people to be on their guard when visiting a beach in Harwich after a fifth wartime hand grenade was washed up within five weeks.
The latest device was found today, Sunday August 17, on the shoreline at Marine Parade when an off-duty military explosives expert saw a person throwing it around for a dog to chase.
The explosives officer organised a 30-yard cordon around the grenade and called police and Coastguard officers. The device was later taken away by Explosive Ordnance Disposal officers.
A similar grenade was found yesterday, on the beach near West End Lane and The Promenade and three were found near Lower Marine Parade on Saturday July 12. All four were disposed of by EOD officers who carried out controlled explosions on the beach.
Inspector Paul Butcher said: "It would appear that the grenades might have been in a crate that ended up in the sea during the Second World War. That crate might be breaking up or has been disturbed by dredging in the port and has resulted in these five devices being washed ashore along the same stretch of beach.
"We are asking people to be vigilant if visiting this beach and to dial 999 if they find any of these devices. Some of them have been covered in barnacles but the one yesterday looked almost as new despite being in the sea, possibly for many years.
"Anyone who finds a grenade should not touch it or move it but should call police immediately.”
Police are investigating the possibility that three cats who were put to sleep in Harwich were poisoned with anti-freeze.
Between 11pm on May 18 and 7.50pm on May 19 in the area of Empire Road, three cats are believed to have ingested something, possibly anti-freeze, causing them to fall ill.
Police are investigating and would ask pet owners to keep a close eye on their pets and take them to the vets immediately should they have any concerns over their health.
Officers are also working closely with the RSPCA.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Pc Kevin Ward at Harwich police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A historic ferry route between Harwich and Esbjerg in Denmark will close later this year due to rising costs and falling passenger numbers.
The DFDS route, which runs 2 or 3 times a week currently, will stop on 29 September.
It first started way back in 1875.
DFDS say that passenger numbers have dropped from 300,000 to 80,000.
The company tried to slash costs by reducing the number of crew members and transforming the route into a combined freight and passenger service.
However, the level of investment required to meet new environmental standards coming into force next year proved to be too great.
"Unfortunately we haven't been able to reduce costs enough to enable the route to bear the very high additional costs of around £2m a year," said CEO Niels Smedegaard.
"This is what the new environmental law and the requirement to use low-sulphur oil will cost based on current oil prices from 1 January 2015.
"The route is of particular historical significance to DFDS so it's a very sad day for us all.
"Our regrets go to our many passengers who must now see the last passenger ferry route between the UK and Scandinavia close.
"It's also regrettable that up to 130 jobs on board and ashore will be affected by the closure, even though we are fortunate that we can offer jobs to everyone onboard on other routes."