Pair deny cocaine smuggling charges through Portsmouth port

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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.