Hoxton cannabis haul: Police seize drugs worth �1m

Police seized shopping bags full of cannabis with a street value of more than �1 million from a lock-up in Hoxton in one of the biggest drugs hauls found in Hackney for about seven years.

Officers from Operation Bantam, Hackney Police’s drugs and firearms squad, along with rapid response investigators swooped in on an underground car park in Crondall Street shortly before 7pm on Monday (January 9) following a call from a passer-by.

They arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of supplying drugs.

A raid on a nearby lock-up connected to the man uncovered 270kg of cannabis resin and herbal cannabis in cling film stored in five large laundry holders, two holdalls and several shopping bags.

There was also a set of scales and a heat wrapping machine with extra cling film.

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A spokeswoman for Hackney Police said the stash was likely to be the biggest seized by officers in the borough for seven years.

Detective Inspective Rhys Willis, from Operation Bantam, said: “These drugs were clearly being stored to be divided up and sold on, and this is a good seizure for Hackney police that has taken a substantial quantity of illegal substances off the streets.”

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The suspect currently remains in custody at Hackney police station.

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