RFA Mounts Bay Seizes £190,000 Worth Of Cocaine In Drug Bust Credit Royal Navy
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RFA Mounts Bay Seizes £190,000 Worth Of Cocaine In Drug Bust

It comes just days after HMS Dragon seized two tonnes of hash in the Indian Ocean.

RFA Mounts Bay Seizes £190,000 Worth Of Cocaine In Drug Bust Credit Royal Navy

Despite choppy weather, RFA Mounts Bay launched her boat to seize the narcotics (Picture: Royal Navy).

RFA Mounts Bay recovered 100kg of the Class A narcotic from Hessian sacks dumped in the Caribbean as drug-runners dumped their illegal cargo and fled from authorities.

It’s the second time in a month the support ship has recovered drugs ditched in the ocean, tossed overboard by criminals determined not to get caught in the act.

Last month, she came across 22kg of marijuana - when she received a tip-off from an American patrol aircraft which reported seeing the crew of a boat suspiciously dumping their payload – a typical practice by traffickers when they’re sighted by the authorities.

"Once again we’ve demonstrated that UK and US forces working in partnership are committed to, and showing success in, reducing the flow of drugs throughout the wider Caribbean," Captain Angus Bissell, RFA Mounts Bay’s Commanding Officer.

RFA Mounts Bay Seizes £190,000 Worth Of Cocaine In Drug Bust_bag of cocaine spotted in sea Credit Royal Navy 060319
Floating bales containing cocaine were spotted in the water (Picture: Royal Navy)

Once the narcotics were brought onboard Mounts Bay, tests where conducted which confirmed the sacks contained cocaine estimated to be worth around £190,000.

The drugs have now been handed over to the US Coast Guard for destruction.

Mounts Bay is the UK’s long-term naval presence in the Caribbean.

She sees both her summers and autumns working on disaster relief operations in the wake of hurricanes which strike with devastating frequency, while the rest of her year is focused on counter drugs patrols.