Two Dutch nationals were charged by the British courts on Saturday for importing drugs, after an exceptional seizure of 2 tons of cocaine in a boat sailing in the English Channel.
“This is a huge amount of Class A drugs, one of the largest seizures of this type ever made in the United Kingdom, worth several hundred million (pounds sterling),” according to Andy Quinn, regional investigation manager at the National Crime Agency (NCA), British crime agency.
On Wednesday, a yacht was intercepted off the coast of Cornwall during an NCA operation in partnership with the UK National Maritime Intelligence Center (NMIC), the Maritime Operations and Analysis Center. fight against drug trafficking (MAOC-N) in Lisbon, and in collaboration with the Portuguese, French and Dutch police.
The drug was packed in plastic bags and placed in a compartment under the deck at the back of the boat, called the Marcia and flying the Dutch flag.
“About two tons have been found and research is continuing,” the NCA said in a statement.
The two crew members, Maarten Peter Pieterse, 59, and Emile Adriaan Jeroen Schoemaker, 44, were arrested. They appeared in a court in Bristol on Saturday and were charged with importing drugs. Schoemaker has pleaded not guilty while Pieterse has not ruled yet.
The duo has been detained until a hearing scheduled for August 20.
The largest seizure in the United Kingdom was in April 2015, when three tons of cocaine were found on board a tug boat off Scotland.
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