Man Charged Over Southampton Cocaine Seizure

A man from Jamaica has been charged with attempting to smuggle around £80,000 worth of cocaine into the UK via Southampton Docks.

Anthony Spence, 45, of Montego Bay, was arrested on Sunday (July 17) after arriving on the MV Grand Princess, a cruise liner operated by Princess Cruises.

The drugs were discovered in a pair of training shoes carried in a rucksack. Approximately two kilos of cocaine was found.

Spence was charged with attempting to import a class A substance, and appeared before Southampton Magistrates Court on Monday 18 July. He was remanded in custody and will appear at the same court for a committal hearing on Thursday 18 August.

Tim Fleming, senior investigating officer from the UK Border Agency's Criminal and Financial Investigation unit at Southampton, said:
 
"As this detection shows, our officers are on constant alert, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to keep class A drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.

"We are determined to prevent this terrible trade which can have such a destructive impact on the lives of so many."

Recently Played Tracks

On Radio: Toby Anstis

10am - 1pm

Email the show

Text 'HEART' to 82122

Toby Anstis

On TV: Feel-Good Christmas!

10am - 11am

Watch heart TV

  • Kylie Minogue It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

    10:22

    iTunes

  • Demi Lovato Let It Go

    10:19

    iTunes

  • Lady Antebellum A Holly Jolly Christmas

    10:17

    iTunes

  • Mel And Kim Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

    10:15

    iTunes

Heart VIP

Local

Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Follow Heart on Twitter