A MAN has been arrested after £8.5m of cocaine was seized at Portsmouth International Port.
Border officers discovered the massive haul hidden inside a lorry that arrived at the port on a ferry from St Malo in France.
The class A drugs weighed 85 kilos and the Home Office say they had a potential street value of £8.5m when sold on the street.
A 42-year-old Worcestershire man was arrested in connection with the seizure, which took place at 6.45pm on March 7.
He was later bailed until July 10 pending further inquiries.
Andy Lumb, Border Force assistant director at Portsmouth, said: ‘As this detection shows, our officers are on constant alert, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to keep class A drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.
‘We are determined to prevent this terrible trade which can have such a destructive impact on the lives of so many.’
Anyone with information about activity they suspect could be linked to drug smuggling should cal the smuggling hotline on 0800 595000.