Yachtie found guilty in £90m cocaine smuggling case

Posted: 29th January 2013 | Written by: IBI News

Two crewmembers of the yacht Baila will be sentenced on Wednesday for attempting to smuggle 452kgs (996 lbs) of cocaine into the UK last summer

A crewmember of a yacht intercepted off the Isle of Wight last June has been found guilty of possessing £90m of cocaine. Piotr Pachnia was convicted last Friday by a jury after a two-day trial in Portsmouth Crown Court. Pachnia and Thomas Dylik, captain of the yacht Baila, were both charged after the UK Border Agency found 452kgs (996 lbs) of cocaine aboard the boat. The seizure was one of the largest in the UK, the agency told the BBC.

Dylik admitted to knowing about the cocaine, but Pachnia told the court that he was just a tourist and didn’t know any illegal substances were on board. The cocaine, found in more than 470 packages, was 90 per cent pure. It was hidden in compartments and behind false walls. The Border Agency had tracked Baila for about 24 hours before it neared the Isle of Wight. The yacht has since been forfeited and the cocaine will be destroyed.

The two men are scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday.

(Source: IBI News. View original stroy here)


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