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Men charged with money laundering after £1/2m found on lorry at ferry port

Two men have been charged with money laundering offences after hundreds of thousands of pounds in cash was seized at Portsmouth continental ferry terminal.

Thomas Kent, 43, of Millers Way in Brighton and John Tague, 49, of Halsall, Ormskirk in Lancashire were arrested after a lorry that was about to leave the UK for Bilbao was stopped and searched. Border Force officials found £494, 525 inside the vehicle.

The two men appeared before Portsmouth Magistrates Court on Friday 7th June 2013. They have been bailed to appear before Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday 21st June 2013.

£6 million drugs discovery

A haul of cocaine with an estimated value of £6 million has been seized by Border Force officers in Portsmouth.

They discovered the packages of cocaine in a refrigerated container which had been unloaded from the vessel ‘Star Quality’ at Flathouse Quay around 12pm on Friday 8 February.

The boat, which had come from Turbo, Columbia, via Antwerp, was carrying a load of bananas. The cocaine was found in 50 wrapped packages which had been hidden in the container. It is estimated the drugs, weighing around 60 kilos, could have had a

potential value of approximately £6 million when cut and sold on the street. No arrests have been made but investigations are ongoing.