A ROYAL Navy support ship helped seize marijuana worth around £1m from a boat in the Caribbean.
Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) naval support ship Wave Knight chased the suspect vessel, the Miss Kameney, allowing US Coast Guard officers to board it and find a quarter of a tonne of drugs hidden in sacks.
The crew of five were detained on board RFA Wave Knight and delivered to US authorities in the Dominican Republic.
The bust comes after a number of other successful counter-narcotic operations by the Royal Navy in the Caribbean, including several by Portsmouth-based HMS Lancaster.
Captain Duncan Lamb, the commanding officer of RFA Wave Knight, said: ‘The entire ship’s company – Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Royal Navy and US Law Enforcement Team – as well as headquarters and prosecuting staff ashore in mainland USA, are delighted with this result.
‘It has been a truly international team effort and I acknowledge the fact that a number of shore personnel have been recalled off leave to provide the necessary support.
‘This operation is a notable disruption to the regional drug trade.’
Efforts to disrupt illegal activities in the Caribbean are part of the UK’s commitment to the region in support of the overseas territories, disaster relief and counter-narcotics operations.
RFA Wave Knight was involved in several drug bust operations in 2013, while HMS Lancaster, which has since returned to Portsmouth, seized more than 1.2 tonnes of marijuana and 400kg of cocaine.