Cannabis haul found at Heysham Port

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A major haul of cannabis worth an estimated £60,000 has been discovered after a routine check on vehicles at Heysham Port.

Officers from Lancashire Constabulary’s port unit were carrying out routine checks on vehicles bound for the Isle of Man in the early hours of Friday, February 8 when they were alerted to the class B drugs.

Fifty-six nine-ounce bars, with an estimated street value of £60,000, were discovered in a suitcase which was in the boot of a silver Saab.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Lancashire Constabulary’s ports unit covers two major ports - the seaport at Heysham and Blackpool International Airport.

It also has responsibility for numerous smaller ports and airfields throughout the county and monitors any sites that are used by aircraft or sea-going boats.

DC Scott Warburton, from Lancashire Police, said: “Criminals who try to take drugs in or out of the county via these sites should know that they are being watched and will be caught.

“We take the policing of our ports very seriously and will work with users and operators of our ports, other police forces and law enforcement agencies on both sides of the water to provide a visible and effective deterrent to cross border crime and to make sure that our busy ports are secure.”

Residents are asked to help tackle drug importation and exportation by reporting suspicious activity involving boats or aircraft or around coastal areas to the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.