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Drugs seized off Newlyn 'would've fuelled County Lines problem'

Drugs seized off Newlyn 'would've fuelled County Lines problem'

Published by Emma Carton at 7:21am 22nd March 2019. (Updated at 7:14pm 22nd March 2019)

The National Crime Agency says a huge haul of cocaine seized off Cornwall would have fuelled the so-called 'County Lines' problem.

That is where gangs from up country target vulnerable members of the community.

Newlyn drugs cocaine bust
Five men have been convicted of trying to smuggle cocaine, with a street value of over £112m, into Cornwall

More than a tonne of the Class A was found on a yacht intercepted off Newlyn in 2018.

Five men have been convicted of trying to import the drugs, with an estimated street value of more than £112 million.

Newlyn drugs cocaine bust
The drugs were found on board a yacht intercepted off Newlyn last summer and weighed more than a tonne

Speaking to ITV News Westcountry, Matt Horne from the NCA said there was "no doubt" it would have fuelled the 'County Lines' problem.

"This intelligence-led investigation resulted in the seizure of a significant quantity of cocaine that would have made its way to towns and cities across the UK.

"This was a highly profitable commodity with an estimated street value of £112million. Making a profit is the motive for organised criminals and this interdiction would have really hit them in the pocket – disrupting their activities and damaging their reputation at the same time.

"We know there are links between drug supply and violent crime and this seizure, along with the two tonnes recovered in similar circumstances at the same harbour in July last year, demonstrate the NCA’s role in helping to prevent that."

NCA Deputy Director Matt Horne

You can read the full story of how the men planned to import the cocaine here or watch footage of the seizure below...

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