Britons held in Channel jet-ski drugs swoop

25th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

LILLE, France, April 23 (AFP) - Three Britons face charges of drug trafficking after preparing to cross the English Channel on a jet-ski with 46 kilograms (100 pounds) of cannabis, police said Saturday.

LILLE, France, April 23 (AFP) - Three Britons face charges of drug trafficking after preparing to cross the English Channel on a jet-ski with 46 kilograms (100 pounds) of cannabis, police said Saturday.  

Three men, aged from 30 to 47, were arrested Sunday at a camping ground near Sangatte on France's north coast where they were waiting for good weather before attempting the crossing on a "high powered" jet-ski, police said.  

The men were allegedly carrying three large sacks containing 46 kilograms of cannabis when they were arrested.  

"It's fairly unusual that drug traffickers risk a channel crossing on a jet-ski. It's dangerous, especially at this time of year," a policeman said.  

Two other men, suspected of waiting to pick up the drugs, were arrested by police at Dover on the British side of the Channel.  

A total of GBP 15,000 (EUR 23,000 ) was seized after police searched the British home of the suspected head of the drug trafficking network.

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