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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Marine sniper stops engine of speedboat carrying €46m of cocaine

Published 11/11/2016 | 08:33

A Royal Marines sniper shot the engines of a drugs boat. Pic: Royal Navy
A Royal Marines sniper shot the engines of a drugs boat. Pic: Royal Navy

A British ship helped seize €46m worth of cocaine after a dramatic six hour chase in the Caribbean.

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The Royal Fleet Auxilary's Wave Night intercepted the cargo between Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

A sniper from the British Royal Marines took out the boat's engines from a helicopter.

The US Coast Guard then boarded the speedboat and seized 350kg worth of cocaine.

The crew were also seen throwing a large amount (estimated to be 650kg worth around €30m) of cocaine overboard before the Guard got onto the boat.

Five crew members and the seized drugs were handed over to authorities in Miami.

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