Royal Navy Seizes £120m of Drugs During Caribbean Drug Bust

The Royal Navy’s Plymouth-based RFA Argus has seized £120m of cocaine weighing 1,085kg from a suspected drug runner operating in the Caribbean.

The Royal Navy’s  Plymouth-based RFA Argus has seized £120m of cocaine weighing 1,085kg from a suspected drug runner operating in the Caribbean.

“Packages of drugs had been thrown overboard during the chase, so a Merlin helicopter from 845 Naval Air Squadron and another boat were  launched by Argus to recover the discarded bags,” announced the Royal Navy. 

The boarding crews during the operation consisted of Royal Marines from 47 Commando and a US Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment.

It was believed that one-and-a-half tonnes of cocaine were thrown overboard or has been seized the Argus after crews successfully intercepted the traffickers in two incidents. 

“It’s at a time like this, when all the elements in a ship as capable as RFA Argus come together to achieve such success, that one feels proud  to be her commanding officer,” said Captain Kevin Rimell, Commanding Officer of Argus.

Since September, the Royal Navy has been conducting several anti-narcotic operations in the Carribean in a bid to cripple the drug trade in the British Isles.

The two ships the Royal Navy has used in the operations, RFA Argus and HMS Medway have seized over 4.5 tonnes of cocaine, with a total street value in the UK of £367m.


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