Three Britons, together with a skipper from Stornoway, have been arrested after the French navy intercepted a ship the place they seized 1.2 tonnes of cocaine value £96m.
The 29-year-old from Scotland was allegedly on the helm of a Spanish-registered yacht that was raided on Monday, round 1,200 miles east of Martinique within the Atlantic Ocean.
The three alleged crew members had been arrested and brought to the island to face prison expenses.
The Nationwide Crime Company (NCA) mentioned its officers labored alongside brokers in France and Spain as a part of an operation focusing on against the law group suspected of delivery cocaine to Europe.
The NCA mentioned officers recovered round 40 bales of cocaine from the vessel, with an estimated UK road worth of £96m.
Spanish authorities in Marbella and Valencia have additionally arrested 5 different individuals suspected of involvement within the cargo.
The suspects included a 62-year-old British man, initially from Lincolnshire however now a resident in Spain, and his 24-year-old son.
The NCA mentioned police swooped in on the pair as they sat down at a restaurant in Marbella on Tuesday.
The operation included officers from the NCA, Spanish Policia Nacional, French customs (DNRED), the French navy, and the Maritime Evaluation and Operations Centre Narcotics (MAOC-N) in Lisbon.
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Paul Owen, the NCA’s worldwide liaison officer in Madrid, mentioned: “This multi-national operation has seen an enormous consignment of cocaine prevented from reaching Europe, and big income denied to organised criminals.
“I’ve little question that a few of these medicine had been destined for the UK.
“Tackling these world networks requires worldwide regulation enforcement cooperation, and I am grateful to our companions in France, Spain, the Caribbean and MAOC-N for his or her help.
“Working collectively we’re decided to do all we are able to to focus on, disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking teams, and forestall them from fuelling violence, intimidation and decay in UK communities.”