Cocaine worth £40m 'found in pub car park'

Four men have been arrested after half a tonne of cocaine with a street value of £40m was found in a village pub's car park, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.

The drugs were found in a van in the car park of the Stags Head Inn in Lelley, East Yorkshire.

Officials said an inflatable boat was found abandoned on rocks at Easington near Hull.

The men, three from Scotland and one from Colombia, were arrested on Saturday on suspicion of conspiracy to import class A drugs. They remain in custody.

Alan French, the NCA's senior investigating officer, said: “This was a significant amount of cocaine and its seizure will be a sizeable blow to the organised crime group which attempted to smuggle it into the UK.

“There’s no doubt these drugs would have been sold into communities around the UK, fuelling further crime and exploitation."

The operation was supported by Humberside Police, the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit and Border Force.

Those arrested were a 22-year-old from Argyll, a 32-year-old from Oban, a 24-year-old from Campbeltown and a 39-year-old from Colombia.

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