By : Emily Brown*
Authorities have seized approximately £120 million worth of cocaine in a joint operation between the National Crime Agency (NCA), Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Border Force.
Six men aged between 24 and 49 were arrested following the operation, which took place aboard a Jamaican-flagged yacht located 80 miles off the coast of Plymouth, UK, after sailing from the Caribbean.
The suspects, made up of one British man from Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, and five Nicaraguans, were arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking and remain in custody, according to a statement released by the NCA.
With a value of around £120 million, the cocaine weighed 1,500kg and would ‘no doubt’ have been ‘sold on into communities across the UK in such ways as County Lines fuelling more crime and misery’, NCA Deputy Director Matt Horne said.