Cannabis smugglers jailed after Eastbourne yacht bust

Two drug smugglers have been jailed after they were caught will 20 kilos of cannabis in Eastbourne SUS-160908-153040001
Two drug smugglers have been jailed after they were caught will 20 kilos of cannabis in Eastbourne SUS-160908-153040001

A pair of drug smugglers have been jailed for two years after they were caught with cannabis worth £280,000 in Eastbourne.

Harrison Law, 21, and Anthony Poyser, 28, both of no fixed address, were each sentenced to two years imprisonment when they appeared at Brighton Crown Court on Friday (August 5). Both men had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing.

They were caught by police after their Jaguar 30 class yacht – named the ‘Why Not’ – sailed into Sovereign Harbour from Fecamp in France, at just after midnight on Thursday June 9.

Police say it had no lights on and did not have the correct tracking devices within it. As the boat was temporarily at a stop between two locks at the harbour it was boarded by Sussex Police officers.

Law and Poyser were on board and a search of the boat revealed more than 20 kilos of Cannabis with a street value of £280.000.

Detective Sergeant Pete Billin of the force’s Economic Crime Unit said, “A Court Order was also made for the drugs to be forfeited and destroyed and for the boat to be forfeited under Section 27 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and it is therefore available for Sussex Police to arrange for its sale with the net proceeds then being available for our drug equipment fund, for investment into further targeting of organised criminals.”

“This also sends a further message to criminals that in addition to being sentenced, they can also be stripped of their assets.”

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