HMS Lancaster Helps In Caribbean Drug Bust

July 17, 2013

A few weeks after leaving Bermuda, the Royal Navy’s HMS Lancaster assisted in a drug bust in the island of Anguilla.

Portsmouth.co.uk reports that at the request of the Royal Anguilla Police Force, HMS Lancaster’s helicopter took to the air, with two island detectives on board, to scour the island for cannabis plantations.

Three potential sites were identified and when the helicopter touched down, a team of policemen from the RAPF raided the locations. No arrests were made, but they seized 204 cannabis plants.

Slideshow of the HMS Lancaster from when the ship was in Bermuda last month:

Lieutenant Chris Easterbrook, who pilots HMS Lancaster’s helicopter, said: “The island is covered in dense foliage but between the aircrew and the RAPF officers we were able to spot three sites which we suspected of being cannabis plantations.

“Two sites were fairly modest in size but one was the largest I have seen since we have been in the Caribbean. It was an absolutely pleasure to work with the RAPF and incredibly satisfying to know that our co-operation furthered Anguilla’s efforts to eradicate cannabis.”

HMS Lancaster is visiting British Overseas Territories as part of a six-month deployment in the Caribbean and North Atlantic. Bermuda was the first port of call on their deployment.

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  1. Nuffin but da Truth says:

    Lancaster’s weed whacker did some weed whacking!

  2. Will says:

    thats a huge waste of money if i’ve ever seen it…was it really worth busting 200 plants? all the cost in man hours and fuel is far outweighing what the plants would have done or been worth.