TWO men have denied trying to smuggle cocaine worth £5.2m through a Portsmouth port.
Michael Ebanks, 32, and Mark West, 35, were arrested in October last year and April respectively.
They were held after Border Force officers seized the cocaine from a lorry in Portsmouth which had arrived on a ferry from Caen on October 18 last year.
Ebanks, of Sevenoaks Road, Orpington, Kent, and West, of Lansdowne Road, Purley, Surrey, each pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to evade prohibition on the importation of a class A drug when they appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court.
Ebanks also denied two counts of possession of a class B drug with intent to supply and one count of possession with intent to supply a class C drug.
West also pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession with intent to supply a class B drug.
Both men were remanded in custody.
They are due to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on October 7.