Britons charged over £50m cocaine jet haul

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

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

Image: The twin-engined jet which was carrying half a tonne of cocaine

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.

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

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

Image: Border Force officers seized 15 suitcases containing cocaine

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.

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