• Over two tons of cocaine seized off Scotland


    PARIS: Nine men have been charged with drug trafficking after the British coastguard seized more than two tons of cocaine off the east coast of Scotland, French and British officials said on Sunday. French customs shared “specific information allowing two ships from the Royal Navy and the British coastguards to board a tug 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Scotland carrying a very large quantity of cocaine, more than two tons” on Thursday, it said in a statement. The drugs were found when the HMS Somerset and Border Force cutter Valiant intercepted the Hamal, a 35-meter tugboat registered in the Marshall Islands and owned by a Ukrainian company. Britain’s National Crime Agency said nine men aged between 26 and 63 would appear before an Aberdeen court on Monday charged with drug trafficking offences.



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