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Royal Navy warship seizes third haul of cocaine in the Caribbean

By Alex Diaz

A Royal Navy warship has struck again after seizing a third haul of cocaine in the Caribbean in as many months with a street value of £36m.

The HMS Argyll has now seized 1,600kg of the drug with a combined wholesale value of more than £68m.

The Plymouth-based Type 23 frigate's latest coup came after a midnight chase at maximum speed.

After receiving the tip-off from a US customs aircraft, the HMS Argyll quickly closed a 70-mile gap to intercept the suspect vessel.

The smugglers began to throw their illegal cargo overboard but were surrounded by small patrol boats guided from the warship with hi-tech radar technology.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "HMS Argyll has had phenomenal success in disrupting the drugs trade which continues to blight the UK.

"Her crew are doing outstanding and demanding work, and the British people will rightly be proud of, and grateful for, their professionalism and commitment.

"Thanks to them, drugs destined for our streets never reach our shores."

In recent weeks HMS Argyll has provided assistance to Bermuda in the wake of Hurricane Gonzalo, conducted two further counter-narcotics seizures and hosted the Prince of Wales in Colombia.

It is currently taking part in Operation Martillo, a 15-nation effort to deny crime gangs access to Central America by air and sea.

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