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£90 million cocaine haul: first pictures

The cocaine seizure is thought to be one of the biggest in the UK Credit: Home Office

Two men who were caught with ninety million pounds worth of drugs on a yacht off the Isle of Wight have been sentenced to more than forty years in jail.

The cocaine was found by Border Agency officials during a search of the vessel in Portsmorth.

It's one of the largest seizures to be made in the UK.

The drugs were hidden behind false walls on the yacht "Baila" Credit: Home Office

More than 470 packages and cyclinders of cocaine were found hidden behind false walls, in compartments and a holdall when officers carried out a search of the yacht "Baila" in June last year at the naval dockyard.

In an earlier hearing at Winchester Crown Court earlier, Piotr Pachnia, who's 33, was handed a 24 year sentence - he was convicted of being in possession of 454 kilograms of the class A drug.

The yacht "Baila" was tracked from Plymouth Credit: Home Office

The captain, Thomas Dylik, who admitted the same charge, has been sent to prison for 18 and a half years.

The two had been living on the yacht which was being tracked for about 24 hours from waters off Plymouth until it was 11 miles south of the Isle of Wight.

Officials, suspicious illegal drugs could be on board, escorted it to Portsmouth .

The judge at today's sentencing commended the officers involved and said they'd prevented an "enormous amount of cocaine from ending up on the streets of this country".


Woman swallowed £37,000 of cocaine

A woman who tried to smuggle over £37,000 of cocaine through Gatwick has been jailed for six and a half years.

Tamara Mckfarlin, from Birmingham, arrived on a flight from Jamaica on April 1.

She was stopped and searched by officers and a swab of her baggage and shoes gave a high reading for cocaine.

Arrested on suspicion of importing a controlled substance she refused an x-ray stating that she may be pregnant. A hospital later confirmed she was not.

Five days later she produced 20 packages of cocaine. Over the next three days a further 58 packages were passed.

In total, 373 grams of cocaine hydrochloride were produced with an estimated street value of £37,722.

Mckfarlin pleaded guilty to being concerned in the fraudulent evasion of a prohibition on the importation of cocaine and was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court.

Cocaine discovered amongst the bananas at Dover

The drugs were seized at Dover Port Credit: ITV Meridian

Border Force officers are investigating after six-and half kilos of cocaine was seized from a cargo ship at Dover’s Eastern Docks.

The drugs were discovered on Saturday 21 July when officers from Border Force’s deep rummage team carried out a search on the MV Emerald.

They discovered the cocaine in gratings in the hold of the ship which had arrived from South America carrying bananas.

It is estimated the drugs could have had a potential value of approximately £650,000 when cut.

Investigations are ongoing but no arrests have been made at his stage.


£300m drugs haul: Cocaine found in Southampton Docks

Working with SOCA and the Dutch National Crime Squad the gang members were tracked down and arrested from addresses across the Netherlands in August 2011. The three men, all Dutch nationals, were convicted and sentenced following a trial in Rotterdam.

The £1 million Dutch owned luxury yacht the Louise was targeted by Border Force as it was transported to Southampton aboard a cargo ship from the British Virgin Islands.

Gang jailed for smuggling £300m worth of cocaine

A gang of drug smugglers have today been jailed for a total of 20 years in the Netherlands after Border Force officers foiled their multi-million pound cocaine smuggling plot.

Border Force officers uncovered cocaine worth £300 million hidden inside a pleasure cruiser at Southampton docks last June. Weighing in at 1,000 tonnes, the haul was one of the UK’s largest cocaine seizures.

£20 million of cocaine seized off the Isle of Wight

Two men have appeared in court charged with attempting to import 400 kilos of cocaine into the country

The haul was seized by officers patrolling off the coast of the Isle of Wight at around 2pm on Sunday 10 June,

The yacht, which had come from the Caribbean, was escorted into Portsmouth port where cutter crew members searched it and found 400 kilos of cocaine. The drugs could have had a potential value of approximately £20 million when cut and sold on the street.

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