London, 11 September 2021 (dpa/MIA) – Six men have been arrested off the coast of Plymouth, England after authorities seized more than 2 tons of cocaine worth around 160 million pounds (220 million dollars).
Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Saturday an operation involving its personnel as well as the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Border Force arrested one British man and five Nicaraguans aboard a Jamaican-flagged yacht 130 kilometres off England’s south-western coast.
The luxury yacht Kahu, which was sailing from the Caribbean, was escorted back to an undisclosed location on the British mainland where a team carried out a deep search and discovered the enormous haul of drugs.
The men, whose ages range from 24 to 49, were arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking and remain in custody awaiting interviews, the NCA added in its statement.
AFP assistant commissioner Lesa Gale, said: “Intelligence from Operation Ironside had enabled the AFP to assist international enforcement partners in disrupting an alleged sophisticated criminal network.
“Operation Ironside has opened the door to unprecedented collaboration across law enforcement agencies around the globe,” she said, referring to an Australian-led global covert investigation against organized crime that was able to breach the ANoM encrypted platform used by gangs.