A MOTHERWELL lorry driver has been arrested at the UK-France border following the seizure of cannabis worth a street value of £1.5 million.

The 43-year-old was detained at the Channel Tunnel terminal in Coquelles, northern France on Thursday morning as part of an ongoing National Crime Agency (NCA) probe into drug supply.

Border Force officers recovered the 150 kilos of cannabis from the vehicle he was driving. Officers said £2,000 cash was also seized. He was later released under investigation.

Officers from the joint NCA and Police Scotland Organised Crime Partnership have also carried out searches at properties in Motherwell, Bellshill and Shotts.

NCA Scotland branch operations manager John McGowan said: “This is a significant drug seizure involving NCA teams in Scotland and England working together with partners including Border Force and Police Scotland.

“Together we are determined to do all we can to stem the supply of illicit drugs to Scotland, where they can do so much damage to our communities.”

Detective Inspector Thomas Gillan, of Police Scotland’s Organised Crime Partnership, said: “Yet again, the success of this operation underlines the value of law enforcement partners, such as Police Scotland, the National Crime Agency and Border Force , working together. We will continue to relentlessly pursue those individuals and groups who traffic and enable the movement of criminal commodities affecting Scottish communities whether they be in Scotland, the United Kingdom or further afield.”