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Almost €10m worth of cocaine found on board tall ship which was in Ireland in June

Published 06/08/2014 | 18:05

Juan Sebastian de Elcano in June
Juan Sebastian de Elcano in June

ALMOST €10m worth of cociane has been found on board the world's third largest tall ship, which was in Ireland just two months ago.

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Spanish police have seized 127kg of the drug on board the Juan Sebastian de Elcano.

The seizure has a street value of almost €10m.

It was found in a storeroom of a navy training ship - officers believe that it was loaded during a stop in Colombia.

Three sailors were arrested by Spanish authorities last month after the ship returned home.

It is believed drug traffickers contacted the sailors when the ship was on a stop over in Columbia.

It is reported the drugs were stowed underneath the vessel's reserve sails.

US authorities contacted Spanish police after a man arrested with 20kg in New York claimed he had bought it off sailors from the ship.

The ship has just completed a six-month, 18,000 nautical mile tour when the cocaine was discovered.

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