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In a Major Drug Bust, 2 Tonnes of Cocaine Seized from Yacht Off UK Coast

(Image for representation: REUTERS/Lee Smith)

(Image for illustration: REUTERS/Lee Smith)

One British man was arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking together with 5 Nicaraguans.

  • AFP London
  • Last Updated:September 11, 2021, 16:34 IST

UK authorities have seized over 2 tonnes of cocaine in a raid on a luxurious yacht off the coast of southern England, the National Crime Agency stated Saturday.

British authorities stated they arrested six individuals on Thursday night after discovering the medication with an estimated road worth of £160 million ($221 million) on a Jamaican-flagged yacht crusing from the Caribbean.

One British man was arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking together with 5 Nicaraguans. The NCA launched images of the medication saved in black waterproof luggage within the lounge of the docked Kahu yacht.

“There’s little question these medication would have been bought on into communities throughout the UK,” said NCA deputy director Matt Horne. The seizure “will smash a hole in the OCG’s (organised criminal gang’s) plans and ability to operate,” he stated.

The NCA stated it intercepted the yacht when it was 80 miles (130 kilemetres) off the coast of the port of Plymouth after receiving proof gleaned from a sting operation by the Australian Federal Police, who participated within the raid.

This summer time the Australian police and the FBI revealed they’d carried out a sensational operation persuading felony networks to make use of supposedly encrypted telephones known as ANOM that have been in truth copying messages to the regulation enforcement authorities.

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