A 52-year-old woman has been charged with attempting to smuggle cannabis with a street value of £12,000 through a ferry port.
Fiona MacBean-Hay was arrested at Portsmouth International Port after Border Force officers found four kilogrammes of class B herbal cannabis hidden among food items in an estate car.
Police also found £11,000 cash which was to be made subject of a formal seizure under the Proceeds of Crime Act at Southampton Magistrates’ Court today.
MacBean-Hay, who is British but lives in Granada, Spain, had just arrived at the port on a ferry from Bilbao when she was arrested at about 9.30am on Wednesday.
She was quiized by police and later charged with attempting to import a class B drug. MacBean-Hay was remanded in custody by Portsmouth magistrates.
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.