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.
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:
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.
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.
Hampshire Police have uncovered a suspected cannabis factory in the New Forest.
Two men, aged 25 and 26, were arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and are currently in police custody.
The discovery was made at unit on Millstream Industrial Estate on Christchurch Road in New Milton.
A large number of cannabis plants that covered two floors of the unit were found.
Acting Inspector Simon Flint said, "This appears to have been a large scale operation based on the number of plants at the premises."
Detective Inspector Gavin Patch says it's one of the largest sites Sussex Police have seen for some time.
More than a thousand cannabis plants, with a potential street value of at least a million pounds has been seized in Sussex.
Two men and two women were arrested at the property in North Chailey at around 9 o'clock this morning.
Police are now examining the home and outbuildings at the isolated farm. Detectives say it is one of the largest sites they have seen for some time.
Around 70 cannabis plants were found in a bedroom at a house in Brighton as officers carried out immigration checks.
The discovery was made at the house on St James' Street Mews.
A 33-year-old Algerian man, who had over stayed his visa, was arrested.
Sussex police are now investigating the matter further and questioning the man.
Richard Lederle, head of Kent & Sussex Home Office Immigration Enforcement team said:
A 25 year old man has been arrested after a cannabis factory was found by fire crews tackling a blaze in Worthing.
Up to thirty fire fighters were at the property on Salisbury Road - when they discovered equipment used to grow the drug. Neighbours say they're "stunned". Charlotte Wilkins Reports.
Police are looking for a man in connection with what is believed to be the biggest ever cannabis factory found in Kent.
Officers uncovered the operation in August of this year, with around 6000 cannabis plants being found at the derelict building in West Hill.
The street value of the drugs was £4 million.
Officers believe the man they want to talk to uses the name Stefan Nardi, claims to be 37-years-old and Italian.
He is also thought to have links to the Deptford area of London.
Two nights ago we revealed that while millions of pounds are spent combating the cultivation of cannabis the seeds needed to grow the drug are openly on sale at shops across the south-east.
As a result of our report a leading MP is calling for the sale of those seeds to be outlawed. At the moment a legal loophole means they can currently be bought and sold quite legally...on the understanding that they will not be grown.
But Sir Roger Gale, the MP for Thanet North says it's an 'outrageous' situation and is urging the Home Secretary to take action.