Five ar­rests af­ter co­caine bust on cata­ma­ran

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Five men have been charged with drugs of­fences af­ter a ‘sig­nif­i­cant amount’ of co­caine es­ti­mated to be worth mil­lions of pounds, was seized from a 60ft cata­ma­ran in Corn­wall.

The Es­to­nian skip­per of the No­mad, Richard Must, 48, two crew mem­bers Volde­mars Gailis, 20, from Latvia and Ray­mond Di­jk­stra, 27, from the Nether­lands and two UK na­tion­als Nigel Clark, 63, and Dean Wa­ters, 60, are all fac­ing charges of con­spir­acy to im­port co­caine. They are cur­rently in cus­tody and are ex­pected to ap­pear at Bris­tol Crown Court on 4 Oc­to­ber.

The Na­tional Crime Agency (NCA) said the No­mad, which was in­bound to­wards the UK, was in­ter­cepted off the south-west coast of Corn­wall on 29 Au­gust by the Bor­der Force cut­ter HMC Vig­i­lant.

The No­mad was sub­se­quently es­corted into New­lyn Har­bour where the Bor­der Force Mar­itime spe­cial­ist deep rum­mage team boarded and searched the ves­sel.

Com­ment­ing on the NCA-led op­er­a­tion, Gor­don Scar­ratt, head of Bor­der Force Mar­itime, said: ‘This is the sec­ond ma­jor seizure made by our mar­itime teams in the past two months and fur­ther ev­i­dence that the multi-agency ap­proach we take to se­cur­ing the UK’s bor­der and ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters is work­ing.’

The op­er­a­tion also in­volved the Euro­pean multi-agency Mar­itime Anal­y­sis Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre in Lis­bon, the Ir­ish au­thor­i­ties, the Ir­ish Navy and Devon and Corn­wall Po­lice.

The five men on board the cata­ma­ran No­mad have been charged with drugs of­fences

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