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Two Brothers Charged Over Bringing Suitcases Of Cocaine Worth £50m In A Private Jet

A suitcase containing packages of cocaine that was detained at Farnborough Airport© PA A suitcase containing packages of cocaine that was detained at Farnborough Airport  

Two British brothers are among five men charged with importing cocaine after £50m worth of the drug was found on a private jet.

Martin and Stephen Neil, from Poole in Dorset, are jointly charged with bringing the Class A drug into the UK.

Half a tonne of the substance was found during a raid on a private aircraft at in Hampshire, the National Crime Agency said.

The twin-engined jet which was carrying half a tonne of cocaine   © PA The twin-engined jet which was carrying half a tonne of cocaine  

The Britons, aged 48 and and 53, have been charged along with two Spaniards and an Italian national.

All five were held after the twin-engined jet was searched when it landed at Farnborough Airport after travelling from Bogota in Colombia on Monday.

The drug was hidden in 15 suitcases which were found on board, the Border Force said.

Border Force officers seized suitcases containing cocaine worth more than £50 million at Farnborough Airport© PA Border Force officers seized suitcases containing cocaine worth more than £50 million at Farnborough Airport  

National Crime Agency operations manager Siobhan Micklethwaite said the seizure was “one of the largest flown into the UK by plane in many years”.

The Neil brothers are due to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday morning, alongside Italian national Alessandro Iembo, 28, of Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, and Spanish nationals Victor Franco-Lorenzo, 40, and 45-year-old Jose Ramon Miguelez-Botas.  (Sky News)

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