Three Dutch nationals have been arrested at a prestigious local hotel after cocaine valued at tens-of-millions of pounds was recovered from a ship anchored off the North Ayrshire coast.
Officers from the National
Crime Agency swooped on the Seamill Hydro where they arrested three
guests - Darryl Jay Van Doesburg (21), Roderick Van Doesburg (22) and
Arnold Van Milt (48). All three men were taken into custody and later
appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court. They were remanded in custody and
are due to appear at Leeds Crown Court on May 27th.
understood the huge haul of cocaine was secured to the exterior of the
bulk carrier Cape Maria, which was anchored off the North Ayrshire coast
waiting to berth at Hunterston. The ship had sailed from Columbia with
a cargo of coal. The captain and crew are believed to have been
unaware of the drugs.
During the police raid on the Seamill
Hydro, officers seized property believed to belong to the three men
arrested, including diving equipment, an underwater ‘scooter’ and a
rigid inflatable boat.
The raid and arrests are understood to have resulted from an operation run jointly by police in the UK and the Netherlands.