On Saturday, the Royal Navy said in the most recent bust, the HMS Lancaster intercepted £55m (one pound = US$1.60) of cocaine and £3m of marijuana – one bust took place in the middle of a thunderstorm, while the second saw Lancaster’s Royal Marines “sniper shoot out the engine of a speedboat.”
The Navy said Lancaster’s “double whammy” is the fifth and sixth busts in a couple of months – bringing her tally to over £160m.
The cocaine seizure began when the frigate responded to a call from a Canadian tanker, which spotted a speedboat dashing across the Western Caribbean.
Tests confirmed the 400kg drugs were pure cocaine, worth about £17m – but cut several times over for sale on the streets, its value would be £55m. [Jamaica Gleaner]