The record of 1.464 tons of drugs have been seized near New Caledonia, last week, on the 27th of July, after the authorities discovered the stash hidden in the hull of a boat.
This $322 million of cocaine looks like. A distance record of the drugs seized from a boat in the South Pacific. Photo: The Australian Criminal Intelligence of the Commission/AAP
Four crew members on board the yacht Afalina have been arrested, believed to be Lithuanian, and Latvian, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (CACL).
CACL worked closely with the French authorities in order to foil the plot that would have been hosted by a South American crime syndicate.
Executive director of the intelligence agency of the Colonel Blanch last night congratulated the French teams involved.
South America criminal masterminds behind the smuggling plot are believed to have distributed drugs on board a yacht named Afalina. Photo: The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
“Congratulations to the French Navy and the National Gendarmerie for their efforts in relation to that input record of cocaine,” Mr Blanch said in a press release.
“We are grateful for the measures taken by the French authorities, who stopped a significant amount of drugs reaching the streets of Australia.”
The drugs have an estimated street value of $ 322 million.
The ship was towed to Noumea for further investigation and screening.
The haul eclipsed the previous record of input from the Australian linked to the cocaine, which was 1.422 tons found on a New Zealand yacht earlier this year.
The officers of the French Navy, the frigate Vendemiaire arrested four members of the crew. Photo: The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission