Two men caught with almost £100 million of Cocaine on a yacht off the Isle of Wight have been sentenced to a total of 42 and a half years.
VIDEO: Cocaine worth nearly £7m has been seized at the Continental Ferry Terminal in Portsmouth. Border Force officers stopped a lorry on board a ferry from Caen in France.
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.
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.
Three Dutch nationals have been jailed for a total of 20 years after cocaine with a street value of £300m was found hidden on board a luxury yacht in Southampton. We spoke to Brian Moore of the UK Border Force.
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.
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.
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.
A stash of cocaine worth £3.3 million has been discovered by customs officers in Portsmouth. The drugs were found o board a container vessel which arrived from Santa Marta in Columbia at the end of April.
The haul was hidden below the deck, and was found as the crew off-loaded containers of bananas and pineapples bound for the UK market.