Navy seizes £100m of cocaine

The crew of a Royal Navy warship has seized a 680kg stash of cocaine with an estimated street value of £100 million after sailors boarded a speedboat near Puerto Rico.

Royal Navy 'seized 22 bales of pure cocaine'

Sailors aboard HMS Lancaster seized 22 bales of pure cocaine from a speedboat near Puerto Rico, the Ministry of Defence has said.

Sailors onboard HMS Lancaster carry away part of a major drugs haul
Sailors onboard HMS Lancaster carry away part of a major drugs haul Credit: MoD

The drugs, which have an estimated street value of £100 million, were handed over to the Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo and then the authorities in Puerto Rico.

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Royal Navy mobilised pursuit boat and helicopter

The Royal Navy mobilised a Lynx helicopter and high-speed pursuit boat in order to intercept the speedboat suspected of smuggling drugs.

A high speed pursuit boat intercepts the 30ft drug carrying vessel Credit: MoD

The Ministry of Defence said that the three people on board initially tried to dispose of the evidence by throwing the drugs overboard, but this was recovered by divers.

The suspected drugs smugglers ultimately cooperated with the Royal Navy

The MK8 Lynx helicopter launched from HMS Lancaster in the drugs raid Credit: MoD