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Six men appear in court after police seize £160million of cocaine from luxury boat off Plymouth

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Six men including one Briton appear in court after they were arrested on luxury yacht off coast of Plymouth with TWO TONS of cocaine worth £160m

  • National Crime Agency raided the Kahu while it was 80 miles off Plymouth coast
  • The NCA, working with other agencies, seized more than two tons of cocaine
  • Andrew Cole from County Durham, appeared at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court
  • He appeared alongside Nicaraguan nationals Billy Downs, 49, Denson White-Morales, 34, Edwin Taylor-Morgan, 40, Brynie Sjogreen, 38, and Ryan Taylor, 42
  • They are each charged with being knowingly concerned in the supply of cocaine










Six men have today appeared in court charged with drug trafficking offences after more than two tons of cocaine – worth an estimated £160million – were seized on board a luxury yacht.

Briton Andrew Cole, 32, from Stockton-on-Tees, in County Durham, appeared at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on Monday alongside Nicaraguan nationals Billy Downs, 49, Denson White-Morales, 34, Edwin Taylor-Morgan, 40, Brynie Sjogreen, 38, and Ryan Taylor, 42.

The men were arrested on Thursday evening 80 miles off the coast of Plymouth on board a luxury yacht, the Kahu.

Briton Andrew Cole, 32, from Stockton-on-Tees, in County Durham, appeared at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court alongside Nicaraguan nationals Billy Downs, 49, Denson White-Morales, 34, Edwin Taylor-Morgan, 40, Brynie Sjogreen (pictured), 38, and Ryan Taylor, 42

The Jamaican-flagged vessel was carrying 1.5 tonnes of cocaine with a street value of around £160million (Pictured: Part of the cocaine haul)

The Jamaican-flagged vessel was carrying 1.5 tonnes of cocaine with a street value of around £160million (Pictured: Part of the cocaine haul)

The yacht, named Kahu (pictured), had travelled from the Caribbean and was escorted back to the UK mainland where British police conducted a deep search

The yacht, named Kahu (pictured), had travelled from the Caribbean and was escorted back to the UK mainland where British police conducted a deep search

The operation was carried out by the NCA in conjunction with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Border Force (Pictured: Officers from all three forces at scene of boat seizure)

The operation was carried out by the NCA in conjunction with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Border Force (Pictured: Officers from all three forces at scene of boat seizure)

The arrests were made as part of an operation led by the National Crime Agency, supported by Border Force and the Australian Federal Police.

Prosecuting, Gareth Warden told magistrates that officers boarded the vessel and seized a ‘large number of bags and holdalls’ containing cocaine.

‘The initial street value is estimated at £160million,’ Mr Warden told the court.

‘Clearly the matter is far too serious to be dealt with in this court.’

Representatives for the six defendants made no application for bail and they were remanded into custody.

Drugs stashed in sports bags onboard Kahu yacht during the operation by the National Crime Agency

Drugs stashed in sports bags onboard Kahu yacht during the operation by the National Crime Agency

Prosecuting, Gareth Warden told magistrates that officers boarded the vessel and seized a 'large number of bags and holdalls' containing cocaine

Prosecuting, Gareth Warden told magistrates that officers boarded the vessel and seized a ‘large number of bags and holdalls’ containing cocaine 

They are each charged with being knowingly concerned in the supply or concealing of a Class A drug, namely cocaine, on the Kahu between August 21 and September 10 this year.

It is alleged that they knew or had reasonable grounds to suspect that the drugs were intended to be imported or had been exported in contravention of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Magistrates sent the case to Plymouth Crown Court, where the six defendants will appear at 10am on October 18.

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