Pensioner admits to smuggling drugs through Portsmouth International Port

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A PENSIONER has admitted trying to smuggle more than £168,000 worth of cannabis through Portsmouth International Port.

Robert Coulson, 71, hid 64lb of the drug in his car.

He was returning from a trip to Morocco on a ferry from Caen when he was stopped on November 3 last year.

Coulson, of Anning Road, Lyme Regis, Dorset, who suffers from arthritis, admitted being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of duty on prohibited goods.

He was released on bail to be sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court at a later date.

At Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court prosecutor Giles Fletcher said: ‘The Border Agency say they found a quantity of powder which turned out to be hash, cannabis, in four inner tubes in the spare wheel compartment in the boot of the vehicle.’