West Dorset pensioner admits trying to smuggle £168,000 worth of cannabis through ferry port (From Dorset Echo)
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West Dorset pensioner admits trying to smuggle £168,000 worth of cannabis through ferry port
1:00pm Monday 7th January 2013 in News
A WEST Dorset pensioner has admitted trying to smuggle £168,000 worth of cannabis through Portsmouth ferry port.
Robert Coulson, 71, pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of duty on prohibited goods when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates Court.
Coulson, of Anning Road, Lyme Regis, was stopped by officials at the port on November 3 with 29kg of the drug when he was returning from Morocco.
The court was told that cannabis was hidden in four inner tubes in the spare wheel compartment of his car.
He was stopped at 6.30am after arriving on the ferry from Caen.
The UK Border Agency confirmed that Coulson had pleaded guilty to the charge.
He was released on bail and will be sentenced in late January.