Two charged over money laundering offences after cash seized in Portsmouth

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TWO men have been charged with money laundering offences after hundreds of thousands of pounds in cash was seized at Portsmouth continental ferry terminal.

Thomas Kent, 43, of Millers Way, Brighton, and John Tague, 49, of Halsall, Ormskirk, Lancashire, were arrested after a lorry leaving the UK on a ferry to Bilbao, Spain, was stopped on 12 December 2012.

It was searched and found to contain £494,525 in cash.

Kent was arrested on the same day, while Tague was arrested on Thursday 6 June 2013.

Both men were charged on 6 June with one count of conspiracy to acquire, use or had possession of, criminal property (commonly referred to as money laundering) contrary to sections 329 and 334 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

They appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on Friday 7 June and were both bailed to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday 21 June.

Anyone who has information on suspected smuggling or immigration offences can visit http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/contact/report-crime/ or call the Border Force hotline on 0800 59 5000.