£8 million lobster pot drugs bust

By Suzanne Pert

Monday, May 31, 2010

 

SPECIALIST police officers have seized a huge haul of Class A drugs attached to lobster pots in The Solent.

The 200-plus kilos of drugs, believed to be cocaine, are said to be worth more than £8 million.

Three men were arrested in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, yesterday (Sunday).

The operation was a joint one between the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), the Metropolitan Police, the UK Border Agency and Hampshire Police into the importation of significant quantities of Class A drugs.

In a statement, police said the arrests were linked to the discovery by a member of the public of a number of rucksacks attached to lobster pots off the south coast of England yesterday morning.

The men, in their 30s and early 40s, are currently being held at a police station in Hampshire where they are being questioned by officers from SOCA.

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