Pair charged over £5.2m Portsmouth Port cocaine seizure

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Two men have been charged with attempting to smuggle cocaine worth more than £5 million, into the UK via Portsmouth Port.

Michael Ebanks, 31, of Sevenoaks Road, Orpington, Kent, and Mark West, 35, of Lansdowne Road, Purley, Surrey, were arrested in October last year and April this year respectively.

They were detained following a seizure of 115lb (52kg) of the Class A drug by Border Force officers of cocaine from a lorry in Portsmouth which had arrived on a ferry from Caen in France on October 18 last year.

The drugs would have been worth approximately £5.2 million if cut and sold on the street, a Border Force spokesman said.

Both men have been charged with smuggling the cocaine and also the possession with intent to supply of a Class B drug. Ebanks was also charged with possession with intent to supply of a Class C drug.

The pair were remanded in custody and will next appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on July 1.