DRUGS with a street value of over £1million were seized following a police operation in Thurrock.

Detectives seized herbal cannabis and cocaine in an police operation took place on the A13 roundabout at junction 31 of the M25, which saw two men arrested and charged.

Two vans were stopped by police in the operation at about 7am on Friday, February 7, and the men were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the supply of drugs, estimated to be 200kg of cannabis and 1.5kg of cocaine.

Robert Preston, 53, of Great Stony Park, Ongar, was later charged with being concerned in the supply of both drugs, while Lee Samways, 23 of Stradbroke Grove, Buckhurst Hill, has been charged with being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

DCI Stuart Smith said: "Through this operation we have prevented a large quantity of drugs from being distributed and made arrests of people involved in the supply chain. Drugs ultimately cause misery to people’s lives and lead to further crime.”