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Catamaran With 'Significant Quantity of Cocaine' Seized off UK Involves Irish Defence Forces

31st August 2018
Irish Defence Forces personnel from the Naval Service along with UK's NCA and Border Force officers have intercepted a catamaran containing cocaine off the coast of Cornwall. Irish Defence Forces personnel from the Naval Service along with UK's NCA and Border Force officers have intercepted a catamaran containing cocaine off the coast of Cornwall. Photo: NCA- twitter

#NavalService - A catamaran has been found with a "significant quantity of cocaine" when seized in the English Channel in an operation involving Irish Defence Forces.

As RTÉ News reported, five men have been arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling.

The UK’s National Crime Agency said that a Border Force boat intercepted the vessel off the southwest coast of Cornwall and escorted it to Newlyn Harbour.

An Irish Naval vessel (Afloat confirms as the L.E. William Butler Yeats) and an Air Corps maritime patrol aircraft took part in the inter-agency operation.

They conducted a surveillance operation off the south coast of Ireland prior to the detention of the vessel.

Further details of the drugs seizure operation can be read by clicking here. 

The find comes just days after Revenue seized cocaine and MDMA worth some €3 million at Dublin Port, as TheJournal.ie reports.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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