French customs seize record 2.25 tonnes of cocaine off Martinique


French customs officers seized 2.25 tonnes of cocaine, their biggest ever haul, in a raid on a yacht off Martinique, the Finance Ministry said on Saturday.

Officers aboard two coastguard launches intercepted the vessel 200 km (125 miles) off the French Caribbean island on Wednesday and arrested three people, the ministry said in a statement.

The drug haul, which followed a two-year operation conducted jointly with Britain and Spain, amounts to more than one-third of the total of 6.6 tonnes of cocaine seized by French customs last year.