A Briton is among six men charged after authorities seized more than 2 tons of cocaine on board a luxury yacht.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) said the suspects were charged with drug trafficking offenses during the seizure, which took place 80 miles (130 km) off the coast of Plymouth on Thursday and is estimated to be around £ 160million.
Andrew Cole, 32, of Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, will appear in Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on Monday alongside Nicaraguan nationals Billy Downs, 49, Denson White-Morales, 34, Edwin Taylor -Morgan, 40, Brynie Sjogreen, 38 and Ryan Taylor, 42.
The NCA said the operation involved its staff as well as Australian Federal Police and border forces.
The Border Force Maritime Command’s 42-meter Searcher cutter and 19-meter coastal patrol vessel Alert had secretly identified and monitored the movements of the yacht Kahu.
Coming from the Caribbean, he was intercepted and arranged by specialist Border Force and NCA officers in international waters north of Guernsey before being escorted to an undisclosed location on the British mainland.