Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Portsmouth port £5.2m cocaine seizure suspects charged

Two men have been charged with attempting to smuggle cocaine worth £5.2m into the UK via Portsmouth port.

Border Force officers seized the drug from a lorry that arrived on a ferry from Caen, France, last October.

Michael Ebanks, 31, of Sevenoaks Road, Orpington in Kent was arrested in October and Mark West, 35, of Lansdowne Road, Purley, Surrey in April.

The pair were remanded in custody and are due to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on 1 July.

The drugs would have been worth approximately £5.2m if cut and sold on the street, a Border Force spokesman said.

Both men have been charged with smuggling 115lb (52kg) of cocaine and also the possession with intent to supply a Class B drug.

Mr Ebanks was also charged with possession with intent to supply a Class C drug.

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