Ves­sel sold to fight crime af­ter big­gest drug seizure in Europe

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BY CHAR­LIE GALL [email protected]­lyrecord.co.uk A TUG­BOAT seized with more than half a bil­lion pounds worth of co­caine off Scot­land has been sold – with the funds go­ing to fight crime.

The MV Ha­mal was in­ter­cepted by the Royal Navy and Border Force off the Aberdeen­shire coast in 2015.

Of­fi­cers ripped the ves­sel apart in Aberdeen Har­bour and un­cov­ered three tons of high-pu­rity co­caine hid­den be­hind sealed pan­els.

The cap­tain and sec­ondin-com­mand of the Turk­ish boat were later con­victed at the High Court in Glas­gow.

Mu­min Sahin, 47, and Emin Oz­men, 50, were caged for 20 years af­ter the ves­sel was stopped 100 miles east of the Aberdeen­shire coast.

It re­mains the big­gest drugs seizure made in UK and Euro­pean wa­ters.

Now the boat, for­feited by the court, has raised £72,000 at auc­tion for the na­tional pro­ceeds of crime cash fund – used to pro­mote crime preven­tion mea­sures across Scot­land.

Ai­dan Larkin, head of as­set re­cov­ery at Wil­son’s Auc­tion­eers, said: “The MV Ha­mal is by no means the largest as­set we have sold but it does come with the most mem­o­rable back story.

“We sell on any­thing from gold bars to race horses. Our pro­ceeds of crime sales have be­come more nu­mer­ous. We now have one ev­ery two weeks whereas there used to be one ev­ery cou­ple of months.”

In the past five years, more than £41mil­lion has been con­fis­cated or re­cov­ered from crim­i­nal and civil re­cov­ery or­ders in Scot­land.

JAIL Coke smug­glers Emin Oz­men and Mu­min Sahin

COL­LARED Navy ship in­ter­cepts MV Ha­mal

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