A driver has been remanded in prison after admitting transporting 16 kilos of cannabis. 

The huge haul was discovered after a car being driven by Arian Mustafaj, 43, was stopped by police in Great Yarmouth on January 29.

Norwich Magistrates’ Court was told officers had found 16 large vacuum-sealed packages each weighing a kilo that contained cannabis estimated to be worth £160,000. 

Paul Brown, prosecuting, said it was clear that it was not for personal use as it would “take 36 years to smoke”.

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He said when interviewed Mustafaj had admitted to police he had been paid £1,000 to transport the drugs.

“The large quantity of drugs indicate this was a commercial operation but it is going to be a case of establishing exactly what his role in the operation was,” he added. 

Speaking through an Albanian interpreter, Mustafaj, of Watford Way in Edgware, London, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply. 

Magistrates committed him to be sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on March 4.

He was remanded in custody.