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British police raid drugs ship

Published 23/03/2013 | 17:21

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Nearly two tons of cocaine were seized from a ship in the Atlantic Ocean (AP Photo/Spanish police)

British police have been involved in a raid on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean in which nearly two tons of cocaine destined for sale in Europe was seized.

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The Spanish Interior Ministry said Spanish, Portuguese and British police boarded the ship and arrested nine people.

Specialist agents, including members of Britain's Serious Organised Crime Agency, conducted a dawn raid on March 15 while the ship was in the Atlantic Ocean, some 700 miles south-west of Portugal's Cape Verde islands.

Four Brazilians and one Korean crewman aboard were arrested and four alleged organisers - including the suspected Venezuelan mastermind - were rounded up the next day in the northern Portuguese city of Porto.

Cocaine bales hidden in a bow locker and a backpack with a large amount in US dollars were seized.

The gang included a large group of Venezuela-based cocaine suppliers, a ministry statement said.

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