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£12 million of drugs seized from Newhaven yacht
Cannabis worth £12 million on the street has been seized in one of the biggest single hauls in Sussex history.
About four tonnes of cannabis was recovered after a Dutch-registered yacht was intercepted off the Sussex coast on its way from the continent.
The drugs have an estimated street value of £12 million.
The discovery came hours after hundreds of cannabis plants were seized in a separate operation at a warehouse in Worthing.
Two UK Border Agency cutters escorted a 16-metre yacht called Majestic into Newhaven Harbour after intercepting.
Drugs were allegedly discovered in a locked hatch in the boat’s deck when it was searched in the harbour.
The previous biggest police seizure is believed to have been made when police found 1.8 tonnes of cannabis in a house in Sandy Cross, Heathfield, in October last year.
The two customs cutters HMC Valiant and HMC Searcher escorted the Dutch vessel into Newhaven Harbour at about 1.40am on Sunday. At about 10.15am it was searched by UK Border Agency officers.
Four men have been charged with the importation of controlled drugs through Newhaven.
Three men Al Turner, 53, of Attleborough, Norfolk, Mark Timothy, 59, Sandown Close, Clacton, and Johan Bouma, 64, of Amsterdam, Holland, appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Mon).
None of the three entered a plea and all were remanded in custody.
Franciscus De Geus, of 56, of Amsterdam, Holland, is due to appear at court today (Tues).
Sussex Police seized around 400 cannabis plants from a sophisticated drugs factory inside a warehouse in Dale Road, off Meadow Road, Worthing, on Saturday.