Man found guilty of bringing in £90m of cocaine

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A MAN has been found guilty of possessing £90m of cocaine found hidden on a yacht which was searched in Portsmouth Naval Base.

Piotr Pachnia, 33, was convicted by a jury at Portsmouth Crown Court of being in possession of 452kgs of the class A drug after a two-day trial.

Thomas Dylik, 48, captain of the yacht Baila where UK Border Agency officers found the haul in June last year, has already admitted the same charge.

Pachnia, of no fixed abode, and Dylik were arrested after UK Border Agency officials found the cocaine during a search of the vessel, which had sailed in from the Caribbean.

The search revealed more than 470 packages and cylinders of cocaine, which had an average purity of 90 per cent.

The drugs were found hidden behind false walls, compartments and a holdall.

Three officers had earlier boarded the yacht when it entered UK territorial waters having sailed from the Caribbean.

The pair are due to be sentenced on January 30 at Winchester Crown Court.