A joint operation between Border Force and the National Crime Agency saw three kilos of cocaine recovered from the yacht in Brighton marina

Cocaine with a potential value of around £480,000 has been seized from a yacht moored at Brighton Marina.

Officers from Border Force first attended the marina on Sunday 19 July and began searching the Tacabanda II, which had sailed to the UK from the Caribbean.

Two crewmen, a 62-year-old from St Lucia and a 29-year-old from Grenada, were arrested on suspicion of importing the drugs after three kilos of cocaine were recovered from the yacht on 20 July.

The men were interviewed by National Crime Agency (NCA) investigators and bailed pending further enquiries until a date in November.

NCA senior investigator Steve McIntyre, said: “Forensic analysis of the drugs seized has yet to be carried out, but the likelihood is it is cocaine of a very high purity.

“Our investigations are continuing, and we’d appeal to anyone who saw any kind of suspicious activity at the marina to come forward and let us know.

“Working with our Border Force colleagues we are determined to disrupt the organised crime networks involved in smuggling class A drugs into the UK.”

While Border Force South director Sue Young, said: “Border Force officers play a key role in protecting the UK from illegal drugs and this seizure has prevented a significant quantity from reaching the streets.

“Working with law enforcement colleagues like the NCA we are determined to do all we can to prevent drug trafficking and put those responsible behind bars.”

Anyone with information about suspicious or unusual activity in ports or harbours can report it to their local police by dialling 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting “KRAKEN”.

Project KRAKEN is a NCA, Police, and Border Force initiative to increase vigilance along the UK’s coastline and maritime environment to prevent it being exploited by criminals.