A Dutch ship captain, his mate and a four-man Ghanaian crew have been arrested in Senegal for smuggling cocaine worth £155 million.
The ship, Opnor, was carrying 3.7 tonnes of cocaine hidden below its deck when it got involved in a fatal accident off the coast of Senegal. A heavily armed Spanish special forces team discovered the stash.
Security sources stated that much of the hoard found on the Panama-registered 150ft-long Opnor was headed for Britain.
The Opnor should have been scrapped five years ago after being involved in an accident in the port of Lerwick, in the Shetland Islands, in which a Polish seaman was killed. However, it ended up in the Caribbean where it was bought by the drug barons and commandeered to haul the illicit drug.