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Robert Coulson admits smuggling cannabis

image captionCoulson will be sentenced at a later date

A 71-year-old man has admitted trying to smuggle more than £168,000 worth of cannabis through a ferry port.

Robert Coulson, 71, hid 29kg (64lb) of the drug in four inner tubes in the spare wheel compartment of his car.

He was returning from a trip to Morocco when border officers stopped him at Portsmouth port last year.

Coulson, of Anning Road, Lyme Regis, Dorset, admitted on 4 January the importation of a prohibited drug. He will be sentenced at a later date.

'Tested positive'

Prosecutor Giles Fletcher told Portsmouth Magistrates' Court that Coulson, who suffers from arthritis, had spent time in Morocco before travelling to Portsmouth via Caen when he was caught on 3 November.

Mr 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.

"It has been tested positive for cannabis.

"There is some planning. He admits, I believe, in interview, he knew what he was doing. He's brought it here knowingly."

This story was first published on 4 January 2013.

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