Massive drugs haul found on ship in Essex

A huge drugs haul has been uncovered at the Port of Harwich in Essex

More than £13m worth of drugs have been seized at the Essex-based Port of Harwich. The drug haul consisted of 35kg of cocaine and 160kg of amphetamines being found concealed in a soft drinks lorry onboard a ship, which had come from the Hook of Holland.

Dutch man Farid Wenteler, 44, has been arrested and detained until 21 February, charged with illegally importing a class A drug.

Charlotte Mann, Border Force assistant director at Harwich, said, “This was a major seizure and it demonstrates how Border Force officers are at the forefront of the fight to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.

“Anyone with information about suspected smuggling should contact our hotline on 0800 59 5000.”