Woman charged with trying to smuggle cannabis through Portsmouth ferry port

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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.