Cocaine smugglers are imprisoned for a total of 33 years

TWO British men, who paid €50,000 for a yacht in Mallorca to smuggle £60m of cocaine, have been sentenced to a total of 33 years behind bars.

Spain’s National Police worked closely with the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) to uncover the criminal conspiracy in August 2018.

Together, the forces had identified the yacht SY Atrevido as carrying a large cocaine shipment.

The UK Border Force cutter, HMC Protector, was dispatched to intercept the yacht, and officers boarded it off the Welsh coast in the early hours of 27th August last year.

Liverpudlians Gary Swift, 53, and Scott Kilgour, 41, were arrested, and the Border Force escorted the yacht to the Fishguard port, where a search revealed 751kg of cocaine.

Tests revealed that the drugs were up to 83% pure, with a wholesale value of £24m, and, once cut, a potential street price of £60m.

When arrested, Swift told officers: “I just want to say that I am guilty. I have got something substantial on the boat and they will find it.”

He later admitted: “I’m the bad one here,” and asked custody officers to pass a message to the NCA, revealing the number of packages on board.

Swift and Kilgour were sentenced to 19½ years and 13½ years respectively at Swansea Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to importing Class A drugs into the UK at an earlier hearing.

Three men aged 23, 31, 47, and a woman, 30, arrested in Liverpool and Loughborough in connection with the seizure, remain on bail.

As part of the parallel financial investigation, the NCA has seized the SY Atrevido, in addition to a second sailing yacht, the SY Mistral, along with three Rolex watches, a Panerai watch, and Tag Heuer watch.

Investigators have also obtained court orders to seize a third sailing yacht, caravans, five cars, two vans, and a house in France.

The court were told that Spanish police had put the boat under surveillance, after being tipped off by the NCA.

It first sailed to the Canary Islands and then South America, to pick up the drugs shipment.

Jayne Lloyd, NCA Regional Head of Investigations, said: “It’s thanks to the work of the NCA, Border Force officers, and the Spanish National Police, that two highly-organised criminals are behind bars, and that these drugs haven’t made their way on to the streets.”

She added: “Our investigation does not stop here; we are now going after their assets to strip them of their illicit wealth, and make sure they don’t profit from their crimes.”


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