CANNABIS with an estimated street value of £7m has been seized at a North-East port.

Around 1.6 tonnes of the drug was hidden in a truck carrying lip balm which was stopped in North Shields.

The lorry was on a ferry from Amsterdam to Tyneside when it was intercepted by Border Force officials on Wednesday (November 14).

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A 25-year-old Dutch man has appeared before Newcastle Magistrates’ Court charged with importation of a Class B drug.