Australia police seize huge cocaine haul in Pacific
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian police said on Friday they had seized 750 kilograms of cocaine in Vanuatu following a multinational investigation into yachts trafficking drugs in the South Pacific.
Australian Federal Police, Australian Customs and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration said they had collaborated with South Pacific countries for several years to target criminal organisations using the region as a transit point.
The probe led officers to a yacht called the "Raj" docked in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila earlier this week and it was seized by local authorities.
Australia and US officers travelled to Vanuatu on Monday and discovered an estimated 750 kilograms of cocaine worth some A$370 million (S$427 million) hidden in the lower engine compartments and the keel area of the hull.