Cocaine found on cape

UK authorities have seized more than 100kg of cocaine from a Greek bulker in Scotland.

The drugs were found in the rudder shaft of the 170,000-dwt Cape Maria (built 2005), operated by Empire Bulkers, in the River Clyde.

The haul, worth tens of millions of pounds, was discovered after a major operation led by the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA).

The ship was searched on Friday as it waited to dock at Hunterston after arriving from Colombia.

Police have also arrested three men at the nearby Seamill Hydro Hotel near Ardrossan and seized diving equipment, a rigid inflatable boat and an underwater scooter.

The men, who have not been named but are Dutch, have appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court charged in connection with the find, the Herald daily reported.

The cocaine was wrapped in plastic and tied to the rudder shaft under the ship's waterline. The packs weighed a total of 108kg.

The captain and crew were unaware that the drugs had been hidden.

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