Solent drugs haul not in DI Horton crime novel but for real

Well done to Hampshire Police, the Marine Police Unit, Border Agency and French Customs Investigation Officers for seizing millions of pounds worth of cocaine in the Solent, which, as readers know, is DI Andy Horton's patch in the Horton series of crime novels.

At around 2pm on Sunday UK Border Force officers, on patrol off the Isle of Wight, discovered 400 kilos of the Class A drug on board a yacht that had sailed from the Caribbean.

 The yacht was escorted into Portsmouth port and searched. The drugs were estimated to have a potential street value of approximately £20 million, said a spokesman.

Doug McLellan of Border Force said: "Alongside a dedicated presence at our ports and airports, we also have a fleet of cutters that play a vital role in securing the border patrolling the UK coastline to keep class A drugs and other banned substances out of the UK."
You can see these ships on patrol in the Solent and they and others play a role in my crime novels.

Two men were charged with importing drugs following the operation and appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Once again congrats to all those involved in apprehending these criminals.

£20m drugs haul seized off Island


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