Multi-million pound Manchester drug haul traced to Tilbury

CANNABIS worth millions of pounds was discovered inside a van at Heywood Distribution Park reports the Manchester Evening News.

Staff at logistics firm Kuehne and Nagel alerted police after they discovered large ‘suspect’ plastic sealed sacks in the back of the van, which was due to drop off a delivery of clothing.

Officers discovered 58 sacks of cannabis with an estimated street value of between £3M and £4M after attending the park at about 8.15am on Thursday.

PC Vicky Beck, who made the discovery, said: “I was very shocked – it’s the first find I’ve seen of this size.

“There wasn’t any smell as the cannabis was well sealed.

“It was all wrapped in sacks and there were some boxes, which had clothing inside at the rear.

“The company the van load was being delivered to usually receive between one or two loads a week from this firm.

“All they usually expect to receive is boxes containing clothes, so when they saw the bags it immediately caught their attention.”

The driver of the lorry was questioned and later released without charge.

It is believed he picked up the delivery from Tilbury docks and was told to deliver it Heywood Industrial Park.

He claimed he had no other knowledge of what was in the load.

PC Beck added: “The driver was questioned, but he had no access to the container, he’s just told were to collect it from and where to deliver it to.”

An investigation has been launched by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency.

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