Royal Navy seizes cocaine worth a record £240m
The Royal Navy has made its largest ever seizure of cocaine with a haul worth more than £240m, it said today. HMS Iron Duke seized more than five and a half tonnes of the drug, with a street value of £240m, in an operation off the coast of South America. The minister for the armed forces, Bill Rammell, said: "Again, the Royal Navy has successfully damaged the trade in this vile substance, which only serves to poison our communities." In total 212 bales of cocaine were found, weighing about 26kg each. The crews then sank the drug smugglers' boat.
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 27 September 2009 19.34 BST