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Police find drugs worth £1.4 million in Dutch flower lorry at Cirencester Services

Fresh flowers were placed on top of the drug stash Photo: Gloucestershire Police

A man has been jailed for two years for his part in a drug smuggling operation - which saw cannabis with a street value of £1.4 million hidden in the back of a Dutch flower lorry.

Detectives intercepted the lorry at Cirencester Services last October and found the drugs hidden underneath fresh flowers.

Mohammed Abdulrehman was jailed for two years Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Mohammed Abdulrehman, 25, of Golbourne Avenue, Manchester, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cannabis and attempted possession with intent to supply cannabis and was sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court today (April 5).

Last month, lorry driver John Lader, 51, of Voorschoten in the Netherlands , was sentenced to 16 months in custody, suspended for two years.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of attempting to fraudulently evade duty on tobacco products and was sentenced accordingly.

141 kilos of herbal cannabis were seized Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Detective Inspector Paul Catton, of the South West Regional Organised Crime Squad, said 141 kilos of herbal cannabis were seized.

The drugs had been meticulously packaged in vacuum sealed bags to disguise the smell and stems of fresh flowers had been placed on top of the bags, visible through the boxes, to try and make the packages fit in with the rest of the lorry’s load. However, we were already on to them and by responding quickly to intelligence about their activities, we literally stopped them in their tracks

– Detective Inspector Paul Catton, South West
The flowers had been brought in from Holland. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

This was a huge seizure of cannabis imported from Europe, concealed within a large shipment of flowers - quite literally ‘Tulips from Amsterdam’ - and was destined for wider distribution across the country.

If there’s any good that comes from this incident, it’s that the flowers seized in the plot did not go to waste and were distributed to various good causes.

– Detective Superintendent Steve Bean, Gloucestershire Police