Three men charged after Border Force officers found 2,500kg of cannabis on the yacht near Beachy Head
Border Force officers who carried out a search on a yacht found it was carrying a reported 2,500kg of cannabis – worth an estimated £7.5 million just 10 miles off the Sussex Coast.
HMC Searcher was patrolling the area near Beachy Head on Friday 18th July when it intercepted the suspects’ vessel.
Walter Untermayer, 64, from Austria, and Hermann Josef Deuss, 63, and Willi Heinz Reichling, 56, both from Dusseldorf, Germany, have been arrested and charged with drug offences under the Court of Justice and International Co-operation Act.
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.”
After appearing at Brighton Magistrates Court on Tuesday, the suspects will remain in custody until the 13th August.
The National Crime Agency are conducting a further investigation into the incident.