The Bristol-based leader of a drug ring has been found guilty of trying to smuggle cocaine with a street value of £110 million pounds into the UK.
Dean Waters was found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine with four other men at Bristol Crown Court. The drugs were found hidden on a catamaran off the coast of Cornwall.
The National Crime Agency were tipped off about the haul on the catamaran last summer and kept the five men under surveillance.
They intercepted the boat, called Nomad, as it sailed into the UK from Venezuela. They then uncovered over 1.4 tonnes of cocaine blocks hidden in the vessel.
Three European sailors were caught on board with the drugs - which have an estimated street value of £112million - but the ringleaders were found to be Nigel Clark, and Dean Waters, who is from Bristol.
After their arrest, cars belonging to Clark and Waters were searched and police found encrypted mobile phones, a large amount of cash, a thermal camera and GPS device, along with a registration document for the SY Nomad in Clark's name.
Over a week after the jury began their deliberations, today (Thursday, March 21st) all five defendants were found guilty of trying to import the multi million pound haul of cocaine into the UK.
Senior Investigating officer Ty Surgeon, of the National Crime Agency, praised the team who brought the gang to justice.