Woman, 52, admits to smuggling cannabis into Portsmouth ferry port

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A 52-YEAR-OLD woman has admitted trying to bring 5kg of cannabis into the country through Portsmouth’s ferry port.

Fiona Hay was arrested after customs officers searched her car.

They found £600 in cash and the stash of herbal cannabis on April 11.

Hay, of Beatty Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, pleaded guilty to importing a controlled drug when she appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor Giles Fletcher said the charge was so serious it should be sent to Portsmouth Crown Court where judges can hand down tougher sentences.

‘The starting point of the sentence is going to be outside of this court’s sentencing powers,’ he said.

‘The crown would say it’s not suitable for the court’s sentencing powers.

‘The crown therefore says it should be committed to the crown court for sentence.’

District Judge Anne Arnold remanded Hay in custody to be sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court on a date to be set for next month.