Australia police discover largest ever haul of cocaine in yacht
- Author: Rita Burton Feb 07, 2017,
Feb 07, 2017, 0:40
The drug syndicate allegedly sailed a yacht called Elakha from New Zealand to a "mother ship" waiting in global waters before being detained 370 km off the coast of Australia.
It was intercepted by the Royal Australian Navy Patrol Boat HMAS Bathurst and black bags containing the blocks of cocaine were captured.
Authorities in Australia have seized the largest amount of cocaine in the country's history, following a raid on a yacht off the New South Wales coast.
Its Kiwi owner - a 63-year-old man - and a 54-year-old dual Swiss/Fijian national were onboard the boat when the seize took place.
A police source told News Corp Australia that they expect "there may be further arrests", in relation to the bust.More news: Watch Six Nations Championship online and on TV
Police allege the three men meant to launch a motor vessel to meet the Elakha at sea before returning to shore with the drugs.
Six men have been charged with serious drug importation offences after police seized a record-breaking 1.4 tonnes of cocaine from a sailing vessel off the NSW coast.. The two men were arrested on arrival, and were later also charged with conspiracy to import a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.
The crime carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. "The interception of this huge volume of drugs and the charging of these six men is a testament to the officer's drive and determination", he said.
The drugs were destined for Australia, but authorities feared some may have entered New Zealand, Customs' deputy comptroller operations Bill Perry said.