1st June 2018
Seven men have been arrested after more than 400kg of cannabis was seized as part of an investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA). On Sunday May 27 Border Force officers working with the NCA detected the drugs haul, with a potential street value of up to £4m, concealed within a shipping container on the vessel Wec Vermeer at the Port of Liverpool. The ship had arrived from Portugal.
The container remained under surveillance by NCA officers when it was collected and placed on a HGV on Wednesday May 30. The vehicle travelled to an industrial premises in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, where officers arrested the driver and the two men unloading the container. NCA officers also arrested three men in the Kirkham area and the final suspect in the Trafford Park area of Greater Manchester.
All seven were all arrested on suspicion of conspiring to import class B drugs.
Greg McKenna, Head of NCA Investigations for the north said: “This is a significant disruption of an organised crime network that has stopped the proceeds of crime funding further criminality that would damage communities and exploit the vulnerable.
“We take importations such as this very seriously, and these arrests show that we will detect criminal activity and arrest those responsible.” The group were released under investigation on Thursday 31 May.