Huge cocaine haul seized in Caribbean


Authorities seized 1.1 tonnes of cocaine worth 42 million euros (US$61 million) aboard a yacht sailing from the Caribbean to Europe, the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) said yesterday.

The 13-metre (43-foot) yacht was intercepted by French customs officials near the Caribbean island of St. Maarten on Saturday after setting sail from Grenada.

Four people — the South African captain, two Germans and a Dutchman — were arrested.

The BKA said the seizure confirmed that large amounts of cocaine were being smuggled across the Atlantic by boat.