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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Drugs bust 'a sledgehammer blow'


A massive cocaine seizure by the Royal Navy off the Nicaraguan coast has dealt a "sledgehammer blow" to traffickers, the defence secretary said.

HMS Cumberland seized two tonnes of cocaine worth £200m after intercepting a speedboat during a routine patrol.

Snipers on board a Lynx helicopter fired shots at the engine, ending the speedboat crew's attempt to escape.

The Royal Navy crew worked closely with the Lynx helicopter, from Cumberland's support vessel, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Wave Knight, and the US coast guard to seize the drugs.


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