Men jailed for smuggling £60m of cocaine into the UK aboard yacht

Two men have been sentenced to a combined 33 years in jail after they were caught smuggling £60 million of cocaine into the UK aboard a yacht.

Gary Swift, 53, and Scott Kilgour, 41, were stopped off the Welsh coast and were found with 751 blocks of high-purity cocaine. The pair were arrested on board.

The two men had attempted to import the drugs from Suriname, South America, into the UK on board their sailing yacht SY Atrevido.

When arrested, Swift said to the officers, “I just want to say that I am guilty. I have got something substantial on the boat and they will find it.”

He later admitted, “I’m the bad one here,” and requested that the custody officers passed a message onto the NCA, informing them of how many packages were on board the yacht.

Kilgour had bought the vessel in December 2018 from a seller in Mallorca, Spain for €50,000.

The pair were arrested on 27th August last year.

After pleading guilty to importing class A drugs into the UK at a previous hearing, Swift was sentenced to 19 years and six months in jail, meanwhile Kilgour was sentenced to 13 years and six months.

Three men aged 23, 31 and 47, and a woman aged 30 who were also arrested in Liverpool and Loughborough in connection with the seizure remain on bail.

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