Three men have appeared in court charged with drugs offences after Border Force officers found 2,500kg of cannabis – worth £7.5 million – in a yacht 10 miles off Beachy Head.
The Border Force vessel HMC Searcher was patrolling the area on July 18 when it spotted the yacht and conducted a search.
Three men were arrested and the case passed to the National Crime Agency for further investigation.
Hermann Josef Deuss, 63, and Willi Heinz Reichling, 56, both from Dusseldorf, Germany, and Walter Untermayer, 64, from Austria, have been charged with offences under the Criminal Justice and International Co-operation Act.
They appeared at Brighton Magistrates Court on July 21 and have been remanded in custody until their next court appearance on August 13.
Carole Upshall, Border Force regional director, said, “Our fleet of cutters operate 24 hours a day responding to intelligence and patrolling the length and breadth of the UK.
“They play a key role in intercepting and deterring shipments of drugs and other prohibited goods, as well as criminal gangs who attempt to traffic people into the country.”