Police found a £40 million drug haul destined for the UK aboard a yacht in the Caribbean.
Two men from Jersey have been arrested after the UK-registered vessel SY Hygeia of Halsa was boarded by French customs off the island of Martinique on Monday as it began a transatlantic crossing.
On board, they discovered around 550lb of cocaine - estimated to have a street value of up to £40 million. It followed an investigation involving the Metropolitan Police, their French counterparts and officials from the National Crime Agency (NCA).
Two months ago, around a tonne of cocaine was seized by the Irish Naval Service acting on information supplied by the NCA.
Two men - aged 57 and 42 - were arrested and now face possible prosecution by the French authorities.
The operation followed an investigation by the Met and NCA into a London-based organised crime group, with connections to the Caribbean, suspected of being involved in the large-scale importation of class A drugs