TWO Polish men have today appeared in front of Portsmouth Magistrates Court after being caught off the Isle of Wight attempting to import over £20 million pounds worth of cocaine.
Officers from the UK Border Agency intercepted the drug-carrying yacht off of the coast of the Island on Sunday afternoon before escorting the vessel into Portsmouth Harbour.
Once in port, crew members from the agency’s Cutter searched high and low, finding 400kg of the class A drug, which, when cut and put for sale on the streets of the UK, could be worth up to £20 million pounds.
Tomasz Konrad Dylik, 47, of Warsaw, Poland, and Pacnia Piotrryszard, 33, of Gdansk, Poland have both been remanded in custody to appear at Portsmouth again on Wednesday 20th June.
The operation was carried out in connection with the French Customs Investigations Service, DNRED, after intelligence was received regarding the yacht, which had sailed from the Caribbean.
Border Force’s five fast patrol vessels, known as Cutters, patrol the UK’s 11,000 miles of coastline every day of the year to detect prohibited and restricted goods and prevent tax fraud by searching all types of vessels.