A Royal Navy warship deployed in the Caribbean has seized cannabis and cocaine with a street value of £58 million in two busts just days apart.
The seizure of 400kg of cocaine and almost 1.2 tonnes of marijuana in the separate incidents has been praised as another “fantastic success” for the ship, which has carried out four major drugs busts in as many weeks and six so far during her deployment.
In the most recent bust, HMS Lancaster’s Lynx helicopter chased a fast-moving speedboat, disabling it, and collected 17 packages of cocaine that had been dumped in the water.
And just days before, sailors on the Portsmouth-based warship recovered marijuana weighing almost 1.2 tonnes after they were ditched by a speedboat in the middle of a violent thunder storm.
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