A fishing boat skipper has been sentenced to 16 years in jail after being convicted of trying to smuggle more than £80 million of cocaine into Cornwall.
Michael McDermott, from Ireland, attempted to bring a tonne of cocaine into the country. The haul, weighing 939kg and up to 70% pure, was the biggest single seizure of cocaine in the UK in 2016.
The 68-year-old was arrested with his shipmates, David Pleasants, 57, from Grimsby and Gerald Van de Kooij, 27 from the Netherlands, last August. Pleasants was jailed for 14 years and de Kooij will serve 12 years.
The Plymouth-based warship, HMS Argyll, has seized nearly 600 kilos of cocaine with a UK street value of £21 million. It followed a 12-hour pursuit across the Caribbean.
The Type 23 frigate is on counter-narcotic operations in the region and was tasked to pursue a suspicious boat. The ship used its sea boats and Lynx helicopter to detain the crew and seize the drugs.
Five people found on board the boat were detained in HMS Argyll and handed over to US justice on Friday (22 August).
Our presenter Ian Axton interviews Dr Jennifer Fleetwood - a Lecturer in Criminology - about the case of Lindsay Sandiford. The grandmother, who used to live in Cheltenham, has just failed in her bid to have her death sentence for drug smuggling overturned at the Supreme Court in Indonesia.
A Gloucestershire grandmother who has been sentenced to death for drug trafficking has lost her second appeal.
Lindsay Sandiford from Cheltenham faces death by firing squad after smuggling more than £1 million of cocaine into Bali. She claims she was forced to do it.
John Bevir's report contains some flash photography.
The MP for Cheltenham, Martin Horwood, has pledged to fight the death penalty imposed on former Cheltenham resident, Lindsay Sandiford, in the light of her failure to win her appeal at the Indonesian Supreme Court.
- He is working with the charity Reprieve supporting Mrs Sandiford in Indonesia
- He plans to meet with the Foreign Office to discuss how to get her legal advice to help find evidence that could mean a Judicial Review
- He will request another meeting with the Indonesian Ambassador to discuss her sentence
Cheltenham grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces spending more time in this Indonesian prison following the rejection of her latest appeal against a death sentence for drug smuggling
Foreign Office has confirmed that a grandmother from Cheltenham has lost her appeal against a death sentence for drug trafficking in Bali. Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death by firing squad for smuggling more than £1.5 million of cocaine into the country in May last year.
She claimed she was forced to do it. There are reports that the Indonesian Supreme Court judges have rejected her second - and possibly final - appeal.
A grandmother from Gloucestershire appears to have lost her second, and possibly final, appeal against a death sentence in Indonesia.
Lindsay Sandiford faces a firing squad after being convicted of drug smuggling in January.
The 57-year-old from Cheltenham had been arrested at Bali Airport in May last year after drugs were found in her luggage. She has always claimed that she was forced to carry them because of threats to her children.
The Foreign Office has told ITV News that they are checking reports that her final appeal has been rejected.
If this is the case, her last hope would be a presidential reprieve.
The Foreign Office is seeking confirmation that a British grandmother has lost her appeal against a death sentence for trafficking drugs into the resort island of Bali.