Cannabis stash worth £1m falls off lorry onto motorway as police launch appeal

Police are searching for leads after uncovering a stash of drugs worth £1million abandoned on a motorway.

It is believed the stash of marijuana fell off the back of a lorry on to the M1 in south Belfast, Northern Ireland – with the bags of weed tumbling from the roof of a horse-box style vehicle.

Officers from Police Service Northern Ireland Organised Crime Unit are appealing to the public for information relating to the stash, which was found on Saturday, October 3.

The bags of the Class B drug have been described as “a significant amount” with officers believing they could have been being transported by an organised crime ring.

In a statement, Detective Inspector Aubrey Shaw said: "This is a significant amount of drugs, which have been taken out of circulation.

“This will have a huge impact on the organised criminals involved in its importation, depriving them of commodity and, most importantly, profit.

"We are continuing with our enquiries, and I want to make a number of appeals about the vehicle involved, its movements and its whereabouts. At this time, the lorry has not been located.

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"Were you on the M1, westbound in the Blacks Road junction area between 6.30am and 7am?

“Do you remember seeing the lorry? Did you witness the incident, or do you have dashcam footage of what occurred, of the vehicle and its movements? Do you know where this vehicle is now?

"I would take this opportunity to appeal to anyone who has any information which they believe may assist our investigation to call us on 101 and quote reference number 361 of 03/10/20 or submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via"

Class B drugs carry penalties both for possession and for those holding with the intention of supplying.

Those caught with the drug can face up to five years in prison or an unlimited fine – or both a fine and prison sentence – upon conviction in the courts.

Those found guilty of possessing Class B drugs with the intention to supply or produce can be jailed for up to 14 years, handed an unlimited fine, or both.

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