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Cornwall drugs bust: The five who tried to smuggle cocaine

Cornwall drugs bust: The five who tried to smuggle cocaine

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:44am 27th March 2019. (Updated at 8:10am 27th March 2019)

These are the men who tried to smuggle over a tonne of cocaine into Cornwall.

Five have been jailed for a total of 120 years after the seizure from a yacht last summer.

Newlyn drugs cocaine bust

The drugs found on board the vesssel bound for Hayle had a street value of £112 million.

The National Crime Agency says they had been loaded onto the SY Nomad from a mother ship.

Newlyn drugs cocaine bust

The stash was discovered when the 60ft yacht was towed into Newlyn at the end of its journey from South America.

You can watch footage of the seizure below or scroll down to read about the men behind the plot...

Who were the men at the centre of the drugs bust?

Nigel Clark

cocaine nigel clark

64-year-old Nigel Clark is a UK national. He has no fixed abode but has links to the south-west of England. He was sentenced to 28 years behind bars after being found guilty at a five-week hearing at Bristol Crown Court.

Dean Waters

cocaine dean waters

59-year-old Dean Waters is a UK national but a resident of Estepona, Spain. He was sentenced to 28 years behind bars after being found guilty at a five-week hearing at Bristol Crown Court.

Richard Must

cocaine richard must

49-year-old Richard Must, AKA Eduardas Juselis, lives in Estonia. He was the skipper of the yacht and has been sentenced to 30 years behind bars after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.

Voldemars Gailis

cocaine voldemars gailis

21-year-old Latvian, Voldermars Gailis, was one of the crew of the yacht. He has been sentenced to 16 years behind bars after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.

Raymond Dijkstra

cocaine raymond dijkstra

27-year-old Raymond Dijkstra from Holland was one of the crew on the yacht. He was sentenced to 18 years behind bars after being found guilty at a five-week trial at Bristol Crown Court.

What did the judge say?

The men were sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday, in a plot described as "importation of the highest order".

His Honour, Judge Piction, also said the drugs bound for the UK "would have resulted in appalling social harm".

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