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Frigate seizes big haul of cocaine after helping with hurricane clean-up

Published:Tuesday | October 28, 2014 | 11:30 PM

Frigate seizes big haul of cocaine



The British Royal Navy frigate, HMS Argyll, has seized cocaine with an estimated street value of US$15 million one day after leaving Bermuda, where it had been assisting with the clean-up following the passage of Hurricane Gonzalo.

Officials said that after spending four days in Bermuda, the frigate was returning to drug-fighting duty in the Caribbean when it encountered a suspect yacht in the North Atlantic around 150 miles south of the island.

The yacht was detected by the ship’s Lynx helicopter, which had been used to take aerial photographs of

hurricane damage in Bermuda.

A search of the yacht yielded several bales of cocaine weighing more than 200

kilograms (441 lbs).

Governor George Fergusson said that while it was too early to be sure of the destination of the drugs, there was a fair chance that some of it was intended for Bermuda.