Three men were arrested on suspicion of smuggling £8 million of drugs into Britain after suspect packages were found in lobster pots off the coast.
The trio were arrested in Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight on Sunday evening in a joint operation involving Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) and the UK Border Agency.
A fisherman alerted police after he pulled the lobster pots up of off the seabed on Sunday morning and found rucksacks attached to themAround 200 kilos of what is believed to be class A drugs were recovered after the rucksacks were hauled from The Solent.
If tests prove positive, the estimated value would be around £8 million, said a Soca spokesman.
The men, in their 30s and early 40s, were last night being held at a police station in Hampshire where they are being questioned by officers from Soca.
The suspects were arrested after detectives from Soca targeted a boat moored in Yarmouth harbour.
Melanie Turkington, a Hampshire police spokeswoman, said the investigation into the drugs seizure was being led by detectives from the SOCA.
These arrests were made on suspicion that those involved were involved in the importation of significant quantities of Class A drugs.
01 Jun 2010
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