More than four tons of cocaine has been seized off Barbados in a major operation by the UK’s National Crime Agency.

The of 4.2 tonnes of cocaine was said to be destined for Europe.

A statement on the agency’s website says that workingwith European partners as part of an investigation started last year, the NCA developed intelligence leading to the identification of a fishing vessel that was carrying the drugs.

It adds that on Sunday January 17th a French naval vessel operating out of Martinique intercepted and boarded the boat in international waters east of Barbados.

The release states that the high-purity drugs found on board would likely have had a street value of several hundred million pounds to criminal networks in Europe.

It says the boat and her eight crew were apprehended and handed over to administrative and judicial authorities. It did not specify where.

 

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