Two arrested after £6.8m of cocaine found at Portsmouth ferry port

DRUGS FOUND Portsmouth International Ferry Port Terminal.''Picture: Steve Reid (120726-566)
DRUGS FOUND Portsmouth International Ferry Port Terminal.''Picture: Steve Reid (120726-566)
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COCAINE worth £6.8m has been seized at Portsmouth Continental Ferry Terminal.

The mammoth haul was spotted by Border Force officers stopped a lorry on its arrival at the port on a ferry from Caen in France.

On searching the vehicle they discovered 68 kilogrammes of the class A drug.

It is not yet known where the drugs were hidden.

But the Border Force says the cocaine would have fetched up to £6.8m if cut and peddled on our streets.

Two men – a 31-year-old from Orpington in Kent and a 43-year-old British man who lives in Spain – were arrested in connection with the drugs seizure.

They have both been bailed until February next year pending further inquiries.

Andy Lumb from Border Force said: ‘As this detection shows, our officers are on constant alert, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to keep drugs, other smuggled goods and illegal persons 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.

The find, at about 11.45pm on October 18, marks one of the biggest seizures of cocaine in Portsmouth this year.

In April Border Force officers seized 33 kilos of cocaine with a street value of £3.3m on the container vessel ‘Hope Bay’ which was docked at Flathouse Quay, at Portsmouth International Port, following its arrival from San Marta, Colombia.

Dutch Customs were alerted to the detection in Portsmouth and conducted a search when the vessel arrived in Flushing, which led to the discovery of another 32 kilos of cocaine, worth up to £3.2m.

Only a month earlier £8.5m of cocaine was seized at Portsmouth International Port.

The haul was found hidden inside a lorry that arrived at the port on a ferry from St Malo in France.

The drugs weighed 85 kilos.’

Anyone with information on suspected smuggling or immigration offences should visit ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk.

Alternatively contact the Border Force hotline on 0800 59 5000 or the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111 where information can be left anonymously.