Two men who sailed a yacht carrying almost a ton of cocaine across the Atlantic have been sentenced to more than 34 years in prison.
Sailing the yacht were Raymond Aalders, 47, and skipper, Hendrik Brugmans, 69, both Dutch nationals.
They were both arrested after the yacht Golem was intercepted by a Border Force cutter off the coast of Rye on 31 August 2015.
The 56-foot yacht was escorted into Dover marina, where a search by specialist Border Force teams revealed hundreds of packages of drugs.
Forensic tests on the packages revealed the cocaine was 70 percent pure, and if adulterated and sold in the UK would have had a potential street value of around £120 million.
In interviews with NCA officers they both admitted sailing the vessel from Curacao in the southern Caribbean.
Both Brugmans and Aalders pleaded guilty to importing class A drugs and were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court to 20 years and nine months, and 14 years respectively.
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Police have issued a warning about a "rogue" batch of drugs after a 36-year-old was found dead in a car park in Salisbury.
Emergency crews were called to Culver Street on Friday evening amid reports a woman had collapsed.
Wiltshire Police said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene and believe the deceased may have taken a quantity of contaminated heroin.
"I would of course urge everyone to steer well clear of any illegal drug use but following this tragic incident, we have concerns that there may be a quantity of contaminated heroin in our community which could have the potential to lead to further illness or death.
"We would like to reassure the local community that we are carrying out a detailed and robust investigation following this death and enquiries will be continuing.
"If anyone has any information on this incident, or is able to help us with inquiries to establish where these drugs have come from, please call us on 101 immediately. All information we receive will be treated in the strictest confidence. Alternatively, information can be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800." 555 111."
A joint operation involving UK and French law enforcement has led to the seizure of around 2.4 tonnes of cocaine from a freighter a few miles off the South Coast.
The Moldovan flagged MV Carib Palm was intercepted in the Eastern Channel. It had sailed from Colombia and was on its way to Gdansk in Poland.
The interception, led by French Customs and supported by Border Force and the Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Severn, was coordinated by the UK's National Maritime Information Centre (NMIC) and the Maritime Analysis and Operational Centre - Narcotics (MAOC-N) in Lisbon.
The ship was taken to the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer where it was searched by French Customs.
In the UK the drugs could have had a potential street value in excess of £350 million.
The twelve crew members, who were Georgian, Turkish and Ukrainian, were arrested.
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Police are warning about the dangers of drugs stolen from a vet's practice in Basingstoke.
Among the drugs taken from GP Vet Practice were 5ml bottles and vials of anaesthetic, sedatives, opiates and euthanasia solution.
A 500ml bottle of anaesthetic was also stolen along with tranquiliser tablets and ketamine tablets.
PC Mike Ahearne of the Northern Investigations Team said: “We are urging anyone who has come into contact with these drugs not to use them. They are highly dangerous. We have notified Ambulance Services and the Hospitals that these drugs have been stolen and are appealing to anyone who has been offered these types of drugs to call us immediately on 101 quoting 44150334102.”
Three men have been jailed for a total of more than 36 years after pleading guilty to the supply of millions of pounds of Class A drugs that had been imported into Kent.
In March 2015, as part of a drugs supply investigation, police officers saw a man loading a VW Polo onto a recovery vehicle in Northamptonshire.
Later that day officers saw the same man – 43 year-old Zahid Mahmood from Hansworth - in Dover Road in Gravesend, meeting with Dutch national Bas Van Der Weijden, and unloading a suitcase from the boot of a Skoda Fabia into the boot of the Polo that was on the recovery truck.
The recovery truck was intercepted in Springhead Road in Gravesend and searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act. In the suitcase officers uncovered approximately 10 kilos of heroin and both men were arrested.
Officers returned to the Fabia and found three further suitcases, which contained 32.4 kilograms of heroin and cocaine.
Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate established that 41 year-old Van Der Weijden, from Eindhoven, had travelled back and forth between England and Amsterdam on regular occasions with 44 year-old Romeo Apostu. Detectives further established that the two men had regularly booked hotels together in the Gravesend area and Van Der Weijden was also caught on CCTV in Gravesend buying the suitcases in which the drugs were found.
All three men were charged with supply of heroin and cocaine. The heroin had a street value of approximately £4 million, and the cocaine was worth around £100,000.
The three men were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court. Van der Weijden was sentenced to 14 years in prison; Apostu was sentenced to 13 years; and Mahmood to 9 years and four months.
A pair of drug dealers who tried to sell crack cocaine from a car in Tunbridge Wells have been jailed for six years.
Cedric Makiadi and Gabriella Attidore were attempting to supply the Class A substance in the town but were arrested after officers recognised known drug users walking from their vehicle.
Attidore, 23, of Caldercliff Road, Huddersfield, was driving the black Vauxhall Corsa when it was stopped by officers in Brook Road on 25 June 2015.
Makiadi, 27, of Arlington Close, Lewisham, London was a passenger and was carrying the drugs. When searched, 60 wraps of crack cocaine were found hidden in his underwear. A snack tub was found in the car containing £226 in cash.