Man, 71, arrested after £64,000 of cannabis is seized

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A PENSIONER has been arrested after cannabis worth an estimated £64,000 was seized at Portsmouth International Port.

The 71-year-old man was held after Border Force officers stopped a car that had just arrived on a ferry from Caen in France.

During a search of the vehicle officers discovered 32 kilos of cannabis.

The man, from Lyme Regis in Dorset, was arrested and quizzed on suspicion of drug smuggling after the class B drugs were seized at about 6.30am on Saturday.

However he was later released on bail 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 arrest comes less than three weeks after Border Force officers seized 68 kilos of class A cocaine from a lorry at Portsmouth International Port.

The vehicle had again arrived on a ferry from Caen – although The News understands the two incidents are not being linked by police.

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 been bailed until February.

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

In April Border Force officers seized 33kg of cocaine with a street value of £3.3m on the container vessel ‘Hope Bay’ which was docked at Flathouse Quay, 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 32kg of cocaine, worth up to £3.2m.

Only a month earlier 85kg of cocaine worth £8.5m was seized from a lorry that arrived on a ferry from St Malo in France.