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Frigate finds drug plantations

Crews on Portsmouth-based frigate HMS Lancaster have been praised by police for helping detect three cannabis plantations in the Caribbean resulting in the seizure of 204 plants.

Crew thanked for drugs bust

The Ship’s Company of Portsmouth-based HMS Lancaster have been thanked by police for helping detect three cannabis plantations resulting in the seizure of 204 plants.

HMS Lancaster is on patrol in the North Atlantic & Caribbean and was visiting the island of Anguilla when the drugs bust took place.

At the request of the Royal Anguilla Police Force (RAPF), Lancaster’s Lynx helicopter took to the air with two island detectives onboard to scour the island for cannabis plantations. They identified, photographed and recorded three potential sites.

As soon as the helicopter touched down, a team of policemen from the RAPF raided the locations and, despite making no arrests, seized 204 cannabis plants.

Members of the Royal Anguilla Police Force and a crew from HMS Lancaster carried out a Cannabis Eradication Operation in various parts of Anguilla namely North Hill, Cedar Village and Sandy Hill. During this operation a total of 204 cannabis plants were seized. This operation comprised of resources from HMS Lancaster’s aviation crew and officers of the RAPF who were airborne and officers who made up several ground teams. I would like to thank the crew of HMS Lancaster for their assistance and look forward to working with them again."

– Spokesman for the Royal Anguilla Police Force

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