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View Gallery Cannabis with an estimated street value of £633,000 has been seized in Dover from a motorhome belonging to a 64-year-old man. An estimated 300kg of cannabis resin was discovered hidden under a bed after officers from the newly-formed UK Border Agency stopped and searched the vehicle as it arrived at the Eastern Docks on a ferry from France on Saturday.
British national Robert Claude Orchard, of Malaga, Spain, and his 34-year-old daughter, who was travelling with him, were interviewed and he was charged with attempting to smuggle drugs into the UK.
His daughter, who is from the Stirling area of Scotland, was released on bail while inquiries continue.
Carole Upshall, regional director south of UKBA, said: "This is an excellent result a nd an example of good joint working by the team.
"We will continue to work with our partners in HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to tackle the smugglers who attempt to bring goods illegally into the UK.
"Smugglers are criminals who are only out to make a profit; they do not care about the harm that they cause by smuggling, whether it's drugs, dangerous counterfeit cigarettes or illegal immigrants."
Bob Gaiger, HMRC spokesman for the South East, said: "In line with the Government's drugs strategy, UKBA's main priority relating to drugs is to reduce the availability of class A drugs.
"However we will continue to uphold the law relating to other illegal drugs, including cannabis.
"Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to drug smuggling should call our 24-hour hotline on 0800 595000."