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Drugs Found On Yacht Off UK Coast After Operation Involving Irish Defence Forces


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The Irish Defence Forces have taken part in an international operation that's led to a major cocaine seizure in water between the UK and Ireland.

Defence Forces here were alerted about a suspected drug trafficking vessel, based on intelligence from the Maritime Analysis Operations Centre in Portugal. 

An Irish naval vessel and Air Corps patrol aircraft carried out a surveillance operation.

The catamaran was intercepted by the UK's border force off the south west coast of Cornwall yesterday morning, and was escorted into Newlyn harbour.

A "significant quantity" of cocaine was discovered and removed from the boat.

Five men were arrested for drug trafficking offences and are being questioned by officers in the UK.


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