French navy seizes 1.2 tonnes of cocaine in Caribbean

12th January 2012, Comments 0 comments

The French navy has seized over 1.2 tonnes of cocaine and arrested seven people aboard two boats after a six-day chase ending in the Caribbean, the local military said.

The drugs were recovered from a boat flying the British flag which was caught by French surveillance frigate Le Ventose 600-700 kilometres (370-430 miles) off the French Caribbean island of Martinique on January 6.

The seizure came after a six-day chase in the Atlantic and three crew from a second boat which was spotted sailing alongside the first were also arrested.

The nationalities of the seven suspects have not been made public, the high command of the West Indies armed forces said.

In June 2010 French customs announced a record drugs bust after seizing 1.39 tonnes of cocaine from a boat off Martinique, with an estimated street value of over 83 million euros ($105 million).

© 2012 AFP

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