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Fishermen jailed for trying to smuggle £80m of cocaine into Cornwall

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 tried to bring a tonne of cocaine into the country Credit: Border Force

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.