Six held over record £300m cocaine haul in UK. I hope this keeps a few people extra alive.

Updated: 23:36, Wednesday, 3 August 2011

British police have arrested six people following the seizure of a
record £300m worth of cocaine in Southampton.

The drugs were recovered in June, with police revealing the details of
what they described as an ‘ingenious’ operation this afternoon.

A total of 1.2 tonnes of cocaine, with a purity of 90%, was found
hidden inside a 65ft pleasure cruiser at Southampton docks in June.

It is the biggest haul of Class A drugs ever found in the UK,
officials from the UK Border Agency and the Serious Organised Crime
Agency said.

French authorities were alerted to the suspicious shipment while it
was in the Caribbean in May and it was then tracked to Southampton, on
its way to Holland.

Officials spent six days searching the vessel and found the drugs
packed in a specially-designed compartment beneath the boat’s bathing
platform.

It is understood the cocaine, which originated in South America, was
packed inside the boat while it was in Venezuela.

This seizure of the drug was 90% pure – the average purity of cocaine
seized at the UK border is just 63%.

Since the drugs were found in June, the UKBA has helped Dutch police
track members of the gang and six men were arrested during
early-morning raids yesterday.

A total of €100,000, two Harley Davidson motorcycles, two firearms, a
silencer and some ecstasy were also seized.