The UK Border Agency have revealed details of a record Cocaine bust that was found aboard a 65ft luxurious yacht berthed in Southampton.
It is being hailed as the largest seizure of its kind of a Class A drug ever to be made in the country.
The 1.2 tonnes of cocaine with a street value ranging between Â£50m and Â£300m was discovered by officers on the yacht two months ago, but the 90 per cent pure Class A drugs was so well concealed hidden away in a specifically-designed compartment underneath the yacht’s bathing platform that it took the UK Border Agency six painstaking days to find.
It is believed that the cargo of drugs originated from South America and was packed inside the vessel while it was in Venezuela.
A tip off was made to French authorities concerning the Â£1million pleasure cruiser named ‘Louise’ while it was in the Caribbean in May and it was then tracked to Southampton, UK, en route to Holland.
Working closely with the UK Border Agency, Dutch police have since tracked six members of the organised gang and arrested them in dawn raids on Tuesday where they also uncovered two Harley Davidson motorbikes, guns and a large quantity of ecstasy tablets.