Australia seizes huge haul of cocaine, arrests 4

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Posted: Nov 13, 2011 8:10 PM
Australia seizes huge haul of cocaine, arrests 4

Police arrested four Spaniards in one of Australia's largest cocaine seizures, authorites said Monday.

About 660 pounds (300 kilograms) of the illegal drug were seized from a yacht on Friday at the northeastern coastal town of Bundaberg, Australian Federal Police said in a statement. The yacht was crewed by a 35-year-old man and 37-year-old woman, and both were arrested.

Another two Spanish nationals _ a 38-year-old man who lives in Sydney and 39-year-old man living in Gold Coast city _ were also arrested in Bundaberg, where they were alleged to be collecting the cocaine.

Police have also seized more than 3 million Australian dollars ($3.1 million) in cash using search warrants in Bundaberg, Gold Coast and Sydney.

The four Spanish nationals cannot be named for legal reasons. They will appear in a Bundaberg court Monday charged with importing cocaine and they each face a potential life prison sentence if convicted.

Police said the haul was the fifth-largest cocaine seizure in Australian history. The drug was valued at up to $80 million.