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Drug seizure: Police statement

Officers from The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are investigating the find.

The case is being headed by Detective Sergeant Tristan Kluibenschadl who said: "This is a significant seizure and we have been successful in taking a huge amount of drugs off the streets.

"If anyone has any information surrounding the supply and use of drugs, please contact the police, all information received is treated in the strictest confidence."

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Police find Sussex cannabis factory

Police have discovered a cannabis factory in Sussex.

The discovery was made after a warrant was executed at a industrial estate in Small Dole yesterday.

Officers seized 500 plants with an estimated value of around £500,000.

Three people have been arrested, a 33-year-old woman, a 40-year-old and a 55-year-old man.

Inspector Clare McKnight said: "The police acted on information provided by our local community, and recovered a significant amount of cannabis.

"Drugs have a devastating effect on a wide variety of people and the police in Horsham are committed to holding those to account who are involved with illegal drugs."

71-year-old man jailed for cannabis smuggling

Robert Coulson Credit: UK Border Agency

A pensioner from Dorset who admitted smuggling 30 kilos of cannabis powder into the UK via Portsmouth ferry port has been jailed for three years and nine months. Robert Coulson, 71, of Lyme Regis, was arrested by Border Force officers shortly after arriving on a ferry from Caen in November.

He pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court. His car was stopped and searched on his arrival at Portsmouth, Coulson told officers he spends three months of the winter in Morocco because of his arthritis and was returning for a medical appointment.

Shortly afterwards officers found a quantity of powder hidden inside four tyre inner tubes in the car’s spare wheel compartment. This was tested and found to be cannabis.

£168,000 worth of cannabis was seized Credit: UK Border Agency
Cannabis was found hidden inside four tyre inner tubes in the car’s spare wheel compartment Credit: UK Border Agency

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