Police say seizure is a warning to criminals
We have been successful in taking a staggering amount of illegal drugs off of the streets. This was a huge haul which will never make its way into circulation in the county.
– Detective Chief Inspector Eddie Fox, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate
Our action to tackle drugs in Kent should send a warning message to people within organised criminal networks that we will leave no stone unturned to find them and put them before the court.
Massive drugs haul found in lorry
The drugs were found in specially constructed metal boxes placed under a lorry.
It was found after officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate stopped the lorry in Sandy Lane in Ashford. It was towing a 40ft refrigerated container.
When they searched the lorry, officers discovered two bright blue metal boxes which contained the cannabis resin.
It weighed 1.7 tons and has an estimated street value of £4.9m.
The driver and two other men were arrested. The search of the lorry followed the seizure of 200kg of the drug and the arrest of two men in Paddock Wood on March 4
Largest ever cannabis seizure
Kent Police have seized more than two tons of cannabis resin which it claims is its largest ever haul.
It's thought to have a street value of just under £5m.