Cornwall surfer James McNaught arrested over cocaine seizure (News)

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James McNaught marketed as a builder “in between gaps in crusing and marine work”

A person arrested on a yacht carrying practically two tonnes of cocaine was a well known Cornish surfer.

Father-of-one James McNaught, 42, was held with two French nationals after their boat Pepper Sauce was intercepted 200 miles off the Canaries on 20 June.

Spanish police seized 61 bales of cocaine weighing 1,850kg (4,000lb) on board the 12m (40ft) yacht within the raid.

Skipper Mr McNaught has been remanded in custody pending an ongoing prison investigation, mentioned a spokesman.

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James McNaught is led off the boat in handcuffs by Spanish Police at Las Palmas within the Canaries

Extra News from Cornwall

Leeds-born Mr McNaught had been residing together with his Spanish spouse Sonia and their younger daughter in Mount Smart, Newquay, earlier than he was arrested.

Mrs McNaught, who was married in Spain 11 years in the past, has now returned to her dwelling nation in line with kin.

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Media captionSpanish police seized 61 bales of cocaine weighing 1,850kg (4,000lb) on board the 40ft yacht within the raid

The household had moved from Leeds to Newquay in 1989, however three years later when Mr McNaught turned 16 “he simply acquired on a aircraft to Lanzarote,” mentioned his sister Linda Johnson from Northampton.

When his father turned unwell six years in the past he returned together with his pregnant spouse to Newquay to assist look after him till his father died two years in the past.

In Newquay Mr McNaught marketed as a builder “in between gaps in crusing and marine work” and likewise marketed himself as a “marine mechanic and skipper”.

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Spanish authorities praised the “worldwide collaboration” within the operation

Mr McNaught was well-known amongst surfers in Newquay and was a daily characteristic at seashores like Fistral.

“He surfed from the second we arrived in Newquay,” mentioned Ms Thompson.

“He was at college with prime surfers like Russell Winter.”

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James McNaught lived in a floor ground flat in Newquay together with his Spanish spouse and younger daughter

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The Pepper Sauce is escorted into Las Palmas

Ms Johnson mentioned: “I’ve needed to work onerous to get the place I’m however I’ve no sympathy for those who need one thing for nothing, whether or not they’re are my very own brother or not.

“They need the approach to life however in addition they should take the implications.”

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