TWO men have been charged after the seizure of £20m worth of cocaine on a yacht.
It was located off the coast of the Isle of Wight at about 2pm on Sunday by Border Force officers patrolling in a cutter vessel.
The suspects’ boat, which had come from the Caribbean, was escorted into port at Portsmouth, where cutter crew members searched the vessel and found 400kg of cocaine on board.
The drugs could have had a potential value of approximately £20 million when cut and sold on the street.
Tomasz Konrad Dylik, 47, of Warsaw, Poland, and Pacnia Piotrryszard, 33, of Gdansk, Poland, appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court yesterday and were both remanded in custody to appear at the same court on June 20.
Doug McLellan, of Border Force, said: ‘Alongside a dedicated presence at our ports and airports, we also have a fleet of cutters that play a vital role in securing the border patrolling the UK coastline to keep class A drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.’
Border Force’s five fast patrol vessels, known as cutters, patrol the UK’s 11,000 miles of coastline every day of the year.
Their job is to detect prohibited and restricted goods and prevent tax fraud by searching all types of vessels.
Each vessel can accommodate up to 16 people and remain at sea for extended periods and in heavy weather conditions.
The crew are all highly trained for the maritime enforcement role they undertake.
Anyone with information about smuggling can call 0800 59 5000.