British brothers charged after £50 million cocaine stash found on private jet

British brothers charged after £50 million of cocaine discovered on private jet

The cocaine was stored in suitcases (Credit: National Crime Agency)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Two British brothers have been charged with importing cocaine after half a tonne of the Class A drug with an estimated street value of more than £50 million was found on a private jet.

Martin James Neil and Stephen John Neil from Poole, Dorset, have been charged along with two Spaniards and an Italian national.

The five men were arrested after the twin-engined jet was searched when it landed at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire from Bogota in Colombia on Monday (January 29).

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

Following the arrests National Crime Agency operations manager Siobhan Micklethwaite said described the seizure as "major," adding that it was "one of the largest flown into the UK by plane in many years."

The aircraft crew were questioned before being released without charge.

The Neil brothers are due to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court this morning (January 31), alongside Italian national Alessandro Iembo and Spanish nationals Victor Franco-Lorenzo and Jose Ramon Miguelez-Botas.