Border Force officers based at North Shields ferry terminal have seized 1.6 tonnes of cannabis that was bound for the UK.
The drugs were concealed inside a lorry load of lip balm and plastic bottles which arrived on the ferry coming over from Amsterdam.
The drugs were seized on Wednesday 14th November at around ten o'clock in the morning.
The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) will now be investigating the matter.
– Sam Bullimore, Border Force
“We are determined to make life as difficult as possible for those involved in drug smuggling.
We have strong controls in place at all our ports. Our officers use the latest technology, sniffer dogs and their own considerable expertise and experience to protect the UK from banned substances.
We will continue to work with partner agencies, both in this country and abroad in the fight against illegal drug smuggling. We would also encourage anyone with information about suspected smuggling to get in touch.”
Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling can call the smuggling hotline on 0800 59 5000.