Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Farnborough Airport cocaine seizure: Five in court

Private jet which drugs were seized from at Farnborough Airport Image copyright Border Force
Image caption The private jet arrived at Farnborough Airport on Monday from Bogota, Colombia

Two British brothers are among five people who have appeared in court after cocaine worth more than £50m was found on a private jet.

It was found in 15 suitcases on a flight which arrived at Farnborough Airport from Colombia on Monday.

Martin and Stephen Neil, aged 48 and 53, from Poole in Dorset, were among those charged with importing half a tonne (500kg) of cocaine.

An Italian man and two Spanish men were also charged with the same offence.

The seizure was described as one of the largest flown into the UK "for many years".

The five appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates Court earlier.

The brothers, from Bournemouth Road in Poole, were described in court as being bricklayers, with Martin Neil having been working on a residential project in Sandbanks.

Along with Italian national Alessandro Iembo, 28, and Spanish nationals Victor Franco-Lorenzo, 40, and Jose Ramon Miguelez-Botas, 45, they were remanded in custody to appear at Isleworth Crown Court on 1 March.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said tape-wrapped packages containing the drugs were found in 15 items of luggage taken from the private jet.

Image copyright Border Force
Image caption The cocaine was in wrapped packages weighing 1kg each

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