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'£500m' cocaine haul recovered on North Sea tug boat

More than three tonnes of cocaine has been recovered from a tug vessel intercepted following a joint operation in the North Sea.

The cocaine, if cut and sold in the UK, could have had a likely potential street value of more than £500 million, depending on its purity.

The cocaine was found on the MV Hamal of the coast of Scotland. Credit: NCA

Acting on intelligence supplied by the NCA, a vessel was boarded by a team from the Royal Navy frigate HMS Somerset and Border Force cutter Valiant about 100 miles east of the Aberdeenshire coast of Scotland.

John McGowan, senior investigating officer for the NCA, said: "The result is this massive discovery – believed to be the biggest single class A drug seizure on record in the UK, and likely to be worth several hundred million pounds.

The nine-man crew of the Hamal, all Turkish nationals aged between 26 and 63, have been charged with drug trafficking offences.

They have been remanded in custody until Tuesday 5 May.


Spanish police arrest woman with cocaine breast implants

The implants were found to carry 1.38 kg of cocaine. Credit: Reuters

Spanish police have arrested a Panamanian woman who landed in Barcelona from Colombia with cocaine stuffed inside her breast implants.

The woman was taken to the police at the airport after her vague answers to questions about the reasons for her trip from Bogota raised suspicion at the border control, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

When border police discovered fresh scars and blood-stained gauze on the woman's chest, she was taken to a nearby hospital to check her claim that she had recently undergone breast implant surgery.

The implants were found to carry 1.38 kg of cocaine.

Three charged over £10 million-worth of cocaine

Three people have been charged after more than £10 million-worth of cocaine was recovered by police in London, according to sources.

The drugs, totalling approximately 200kg (440lbs), were found in London after being smuggled into the UK from South America.

Gilmar Gil Solano, 24, from Deptford, Paula Sanchez, 32, of Muswell Hill and Martha Santiago, 35, of Woolwich, were charged yesterday with conspiracy to import Class A drugs.

They will appear at Thames Magistrates' Court on Monday charged with conspiracy to import Class A drugs.


Briton put on show with drugs haul in Bali

A British woman has been displayed at a press conference in Bali after allegedly being caught with £1.6 million of cocaine.

Custom officials say they stopped Lindsay Sandiford carrying the 4.7kg haul in a suitcase as she arrived in Bali on a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok on May 19.

Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws and executes convicted smugglers. A third of the more than 140 people on death row are foreigners.

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