Man arrested after cocaine haul is seized

By Tim Clarke 14/03 Updated: 16/03 09:03

A MAN from Holt Heath was arrested by police after a £8.5million haul of cocaine was seized from a lorry at a UK port.

The cocaine was discovered by Border Force officers at Portsmouth roll-on roll-off ferry port in a lorry which arrived on Wednesday, March 7 at 6.45pm on a ferry from St Malo in France.

A 42-year-old man from the village near Worcester was arrested in connection with the seizure and has been bailed until July 10.

It is estimated the drugs, weighing 85 kilos, could have had a potential value of £8.5 million when cut and sold on the street.

Andy Lumb, Border Force assistant director at Portsmouth, said: “As this detection shows, our officers are on constant alert, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to keep class A drugs and other banned substances 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.”

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to drug smuggling can call the smuggling hotline on 0800 59 5000.

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