Royal Navy seizes cocaine worth £142 million in major Caribbean bust

The Royal Navy seized £142 million worth of cocaine when a helicopter crashed into smugglers in the Caribbean.

HMS Dauntless released its Wildcat helicopter when its anti-missile radar spotted a speedboat speeding toward the United States.

Commando snipers took part in the Royal Navy's record-breaking drug raid in the Caribbean


Commando snipers took part in the Royal Navy’s record-breaking drug raid in the CaribbeanPhoto credit: Royal Navy
An estimated £142 million worth of cocaine was found on board the boat


An estimated £142 million worth of cocaine was found on board the boatPhoto credit: Royal Navy

Commando snipers on the plane had the smugglers in their sights and forced the boat to stop.

U.S. Coast Guard allies then boarded the suspect ship and seized 1.2 tons of cocaine.

A source said: “It was drama on the high seas and a brilliant operation.”

“Our people jumped onto the boat from the air and brought it to a halt.

“The police went on board and found a huge load of cocaine.

“It is one of the largest ever seizures by the Royal Navy as part of its drug patrol activity.”

“It will be a huge kick in the world Teeth for the cartel behind the smuggling plot.”

It was the first time that the Type 45 destroyer’s Samson radar was used to disrupt smuggling gangs.

It usually searches for enemy incoming jets and missiles.

It can track 1,000 objects of size cricket Bullets travel at three times the speed of sound.

In a second mission, the radar tracked a smuggling plane carrying 550 kg of cocaine from Venezuela.

The ship’s captain, Commander Ben Dorrington, said: “I am immensely proud of what we have achieved.”

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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