Man arrested after cocaine haul is seized

By Tim Clarke 14/03 Updated: 26/03 12:42

A MAN from Worcestershire 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 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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