2,500kg of cannabis found in yacht off the coast of Newhaven

£7.5m worth of drugs seized on yacht

£7.5m worth of drugs seized on yacht

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Three men have been charged with drug offences after £7.5 million worth of drugs was found in a yacht off the Sussex coast.

Border Force officers intercepted a yacht off the coast of Newhaven and seized 2,500 kg of cannabis.

The Border Force vessel, HMC Searcher, was patrolling the area on Friday and deployed a rigid hull inflatable boat to approach the yacht, which was around ten miles offshore approaching Beachy Head.

After searching the yacht Border Force officers found cannabis worth about £7.5 million.

Three men were arrested and the case was passed to the National Crime Agency for further investigation.

Hermann Josef Deuss, 63, and Willi Heinz Riechling, 56, both from Dusseldorf, Germany and Walter Untermayer, 64, from Austria have been charged with offences under the Criminal Justice and International Co-operation Act.

They appeared at Brighton Magistrates Court on Monday and have been remanded in custody until their next court appearance on August 13.

Carole Upshall, Border Force Regional Director said: “Our fleet of cutters operate 24 hours a day responding to intelligence and patrolling the length and breadth of the UK.

“They play a key role in intercepting and deterring shipments of drugs and other prohibited goods, as well as criminal gangs who attempt to traffic people into the country.”

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5:02pm Tue 22 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

That was quite a party they were having.
That was quite a party they were having. stevo!!
  • Score: -6

5:03pm Tue 22 Jul 14

chrismilo says...

The Police will have a few parties with that lol.
The Police will have a few parties with that lol. chrismilo
  • Score: 6

5:06pm Tue 22 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

What a shame that a crew member didn't think to claim it was to cure his cancer......
What a shame that a crew member didn't think to claim it was to cure his cancer...... stevo!!
  • Score: -2

8:28pm Tue 22 Jul 14

NickBrt says...

this is just a small amount for personal use, why all the fuss
this is just a small amount for personal use, why all the fuss NickBrt
  • Score: 1

11:06pm Tue 22 Jul 14

hoveguyactually says...

"Hermann Josef Deuss, 63, and Willi Heinz Riechling, 56, both from Dusseldorf, Germany and Walter Untermayer, 64, from Austria have been charged with offences under the Criminal Justice and International Co-operation Act."

We have ways and means of making you talk.
"Hermann Josef Deuss, 63, and Willi Heinz Riechling, 56, both from Dusseldorf, Germany and Walter Untermayer, 64, from Austria have been charged with offences under the Criminal Justice and International Co-operation Act." We have ways and means of making you talk. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 3

7:27pm Wed 23 Jul 14

John Steed says...

knocking on a bit the old boys, still never to old to try and make a profit
knocking on a bit the old boys, still never to old to try and make a profit John Steed
  • Score: 0

9:17am Thu 24 Jul 14

Dr Martin says...

Well done to the Border Force officer for intercepting this
Well done to the Border Force officer for intercepting this Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

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