Spaniards held in Australian drug bust

2011-11-14 10:43

Sydney – Four Spanish nationals were due to appear in an Australian court today on charges of trying to smuggle 300 kilograms of cocaine on a yacht from Vanuatu.

The drugs had a street value of $80 million (R631 million).

The three men and one woman were arrested aboard the 17-metre yacht Friday Freedom that docked in Bundaberg, Queensland, last month after competing in a race.

Police carried out raids in connection with the case in Bundaberg, Sydney and on the Gold Coast, seizing around AUS$3.5 million in cash, Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Kevin Zuccato told national broadcaster ABC.

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