SEVEN million pounds of cannabis have been seized at the North Shields Ferry Terminal.
Border Force officers seized 1.6 tonnes of the Class B drug which were concealed inside a lorry load of lip balm and plastic bottles on Wednesday November 14.
A 25-year-old Dutch man, Jimmy Sijm, appeared at Newcastle Magistrates Court today (Friday) charged with importing a Class B drug.
He will appear again on November 23.
Sam Bullimore, from Border Force, said: “We are determined to make life as difficult as possible for those involved in drug smuggling.
“We have strong controls in place at all our ports.
“Our officers use the latest technology, sniffer dogs and their own considerable expertise and experience to protect the UK from banned substances.
“We will continue to work with partner agencies, both in this country and abroad in the fight against illegal drug smuggling.
“We would also encourage anyone with information about suspected smuggling to get in touch.”
The seizure was made on Wednesday 14 November at about 10am. The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) will now be investigating the matter.
Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling can call the smuggling hotline on 0800 59 5000.