Two drug smugglers who tried to use the yacht 'Why Not' to arrive in Eastbourne as their gateway to Britain have been sentenced.
They have also had to give up the drugs, and their yacht.
At Brighton Crown Court on Friday (5 August) Harrison Law, 21, and Anthony Poyser, 28, both of no fixed address, were each sentenced to two years imprisonment, having pleaded guilty at a previous hearing.
The Jaguar 30 class yacht, ‘Why Not’, entered Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, from Fecamp in France, just after midnight on Thursday 9 June.
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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