CRIMINALS looking to smuggle drugs and other items via Lancashire’s ports are being warned they are being watched following recent seizures.

In the last few months, officers from Lancashire Constabulary’s ports unit, working with police colleagues in the Isle of Man and port staff, have seized drugs worth over £315,000

In the most recent incident in the early hours of Friday morning, officers stopped a vehicle at Heysham port and a search was carried out using a drugs dog. They discovered 76 bars of a brown resinous substance, believed to be 9oz bars of cannabis worth an estimated £50,000 inside the car’s boot.

A search of a vehicle in February revealed an attempt to take £125,000 worth of drugs across to the Isle of Man. During the TT races £140,000 worth of drugs were also seized.

“Criminals may try to take drugs in or out of the county via our ports but they should know that they are being watched very closely.”

Detective Superintendent Martin Kay

“We take the policing of our ports very seriously and will work with port teams, other agencies and police colleagues 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.”

He added: “We would ask residents to help us in this aim by reporting suspicious activity involving boats or aircraft, or around coastal areas.”

Information can be given to police on 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

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