Live updates

Kent man jailed for UK's biggest cannabis haul

The ringleader of a drug gang from Yalding near Maidstone has been jailed for 14 years, for his part in a cannabis growing operation in Kent and East Anglia. Michael Corcoran was involved in cannabis farming on a massive scale in Rochester, Sittingbourne, and Gravesned. It was Britian's biggest ever cannabis haul. Nashreen Issa reports from the Old Bailey


Man arrested after 3000 cannabis plants discovered

3000 plants were discovered and have been destroyed Credit: Kent Police

A cannabis factory containing an estimated 3,000 plants has been uncovered by police at Hythe in Kent

Local officers from the Community Policing Team and the Divisional Support Unit executed a warrant at an industrial unit on Thursday morning

In addition to the plants, police also found lighting and cultivation equipment.

Credit: Kent Police

A 59 year old man from Margate has been arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug and released on bail until January.

Earlier, a tweet from Kent Police estimated the value at one million pounds- that is now being checked.

The force also stated that the plants have now been destroyed.

Group jailed for importing cannabis

These men have been sentenced to a total of more than 17 years in prison Credit: Surrey Police

For men have been jailed for importing more than a quarter of a million pounds worth of cannabis.

A complex investigation which involved analysing CCTV footage and tracking car number plates led to the arrests.

The men were sentenced to a total of more than 17 years at Guildford Crown Court.

Portsmouth man jailed for suitcase full of cannabis

Suitcase contained 11 bags of herbal cannabis Credit: National Crime Agency

A 20-year-old man from Portsmouth has been jailed for more than three-and-a-half years for trying to smuggle a suitcase full of cannabis into the UK through Edinburgh Airport.

Henry Alden, from St Andrews Road in Portsmouth was stopped by Border Force officers as he stepped off a flight from Barcelona on 19 May 2015. He was carrying a small plastic bag containing a change of clothes and a phone charger, but when officers searched his checked in luggage they found it contained nothing but eleven bags of herbal cannabis.

The total weight of the drugs was around 12 kilos which would have had a likely potential street value of around £110,000.


Man jailed for production of cannabis

Thang Cao Do has been sentenced to 27 months in prison Credit: Sussex Police

A man has been jailed for more than two years after around 2,000 plants were found in Heathfield in January this year.

Police discovered a large cannabis farm at a unit on an industrial estate in Heathfield on Friday 23 January, after being alerted by bailiffs who had visited a unit on the Ghyll Industrial Estate. The cannabis plants would have had a street value of £953,714.

Thang Cao Do, 42, of no fixed address, was charged with being concerned in the production of a class B drug. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 27 months in prison after he appeared at Brighton Crown Court on Thursday.

"We have disrupted an organised and significant operation, preventing harmful drugs from reaching the local community. I would ask all members of the public to be vigilant, as both commercial and private properties can be used for the production of cannabis. Signs to look out for are covered over windows or curtains constantly closed, people visiting properties at odd times, for example to water plants, extractor fans in walls and a sweet, distinctive herbal smell. If you witness any such suspicious activity please email information or call 101."

– Detective Constable Tod Stewart

Police seize cannabis with street value in excess of £7.5million

Police seize cannabis with street value in excess of £7.5million Credit: National Crime Agency

Four men have been arrested following an investigation into the attempted importation of more than two tonnes of herbal cannabis through Tilbury docks.

The arrests follow the seizure of the cannabis from a shipping container full of fresh yams which arrived from Ghana on Monday 20 April. If cut and sold in the UK, the drugs would have had a likely potential street value in excess of £7.5million.

Border Force intercepted the shipment, and the investigation was passed to the National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Service’s Organised Crime Partnership (OCP).

Following a covert operation, officers from the OCP arrested four men on suspicion of conspiracy to import Class B drugs on Wednesday 22 April. All are from south east London: a 59, 49 and 19-year-old from Maley Avenue and a 70-year-old from Borrett Close.

All have been bailed pending further enquiries to 30 June.

£7.5 million worth of cannabis seized from yacht

Three men have appeared in court charged with drug offences after Border Force officers seized £7.5 million worth of cannabis from a yacht in Newhaven.

The three men, two of whom are from Germany and another from Austria, were arrested after a search was carried out of the yacht on Friday.

The men have appeared at Brighton Magistrates Court today and have been remanded in custody until the 13th August.

Carole Upshall, Border Force Regional Director said:

“Our fleet of cutters operate 24 hours a day responding to intelligence and patrolling the length and breadth of the UK. They play a key role in intercepting and deterring shipments of drugs and other prohibited goods, as well as criminal gangs who attempt to traffic people into the country.”

– Carole Upshall, Border Force Regional Director

Brighton MP to listen to those who use cannabis as pain relief

Brighton MP Caroline Lucas is to listen to arguments put forward by a group in favour of using cannabis for medicinal purposes.

She speak at tonight's launch meeting of the United Patients Alliance and hear evidence about why the drug can be of benefit to those with health issues.

There is an ongoing debate about the use of cannabis to treat conditions such as multiple sclerosis, and provide pain relief.

Guest speakers and medical cannabis patients will talk at the event on how the drug has improved their quality of life. It takes place at the Brighthelm Centre at 7.30pm.

Ms Lucas, the Green party MP for Brighton Pavilion backs a carefully regulated assessment into cannabis being permitted for medicinal purposes.

She said: "It’s vital that drugs policy is driven by an evidence based approach and I look forward to hearing more about the evidence about the medicinal benefits of cannabis, which has looked at the experience of some states in the US, where there has been regulated supply to meet medical need under strict regulation."

– Brighton MP Caroline Lucas

Also speaking at the event, Professor David Nutt, who has campaigned for Dutch style cannabis cafes. He thinks if they were introduced, it would lower the nation's alcohol problem.

Brighton MP CarolineLucas Credit: PA
Load more updates