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Lyme Regis drugs smuggler jailed for four years
1:00pm Friday 1st February 2013 in Bridport
A LYME Regis pensioner who tried to smuggle £168,000 worth of cannabis through Portsmouth’s ferry port has been jailed.
Robert Ian Coulson, 71, was sentenced to three years and nine months in jail at Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday.
It was earlier heard that Coulson, of Anning Road, Lyme Regis was stopped and arrested by officials at the port, who found 30 kilos of the Class B drug.
He had been returning from Morocco on November 3 last year and was stopped at 6.30am after arriving on the ferry from Caen.
Border Agency officers found a quantity of powder hidden inside four tyre inner tubes in the car’s spare wheel compartment. Tests found it to be cannabis.
Coulson earlier pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of duty on prohibited goods.