Cannabis worth £450,000 seized in Portsmouth ferry port raid

HAUL Cannabis was found at the ferryport in Portsmouth
HAUL Cannabis was found at the ferryport in Portsmouth
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CANNABIS with a street value of £450,000 has been seized in a swoop at a ferry port.

UK Border Agency officers found the 150kg haul of the class B drug hidden in an articulated lorry on its arrival at Portsmouth International Port.

The driver – a 63-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area – was arrested and quizzed by police.

He was later bailed pending further inquiries.

Experts are now testing the drugs – believed to be cannabis resin – to check how much they are worth.

But it is believed the illegal stash could have a street value of up to £450,000.

The haul was seized after officers search the lorry on its arrival from Caen at 10.40pm on September 4.

A spokesman said the UK Border Agency cannot comment on the case an investigations are still ongoing.

He said: ‘We are at the forefront of the fight to stop illegal drugs entering the UK.

‘We are determined to protect society from this activity which can have such a destructive impact on communities as well as individuals.’

The find comes after a man was jailed for trying to use his young family as cover to smuggle 12kg of cannabis through Portsmouth International Port.

Armin El Faghloumi hid the drugs, worth £34,500, in the lining of his family’s suitcases and pretended he was returning from an ordinary family holiday.

The cannabis resin was uncovered when border police searched three vehicles, that were all part of Faghloumi’s group, after they arrived from Bilbao.

The 36-year-old father-of-four insisted they had been on a family holiday.

But both he and his partner, Fatima Benyermak, were arrested.

Benyermak, 49, was cleared of having anything to do with the cannabis after a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Faghloumi, a British national, who is originally from Morocco, pleaded guilty to importing the class B drug and was jailed for three years and four months in January.

Anyone with information about drug smuggling is urged to call the UK Border Agency hotline on 0800 595000.