French police confiscated 1.4 tons of cocaine. File photo: Scanpix.

Solo sailor convicted over cocaine cargo

The solo sailor who was caught outside the Caribbean island of Martinique in 2010 with 1.4 tons of cocaine in his boat has received a 14-year prison sentence. The drugs had an approximate street value of SEK 4 billion.

According to a Swedish prosecutor, the man, a 56-year-old from Gothenburg, had sailed with cocaine in his cargo at least twice between 2006 and 2010.

After a tip from Sweden’s National Criminal Investigation Department, French police boarded the man’s yacht and arrested him. In another of the man's boats, which was moored in Gothenburg, police found nine kilograms of cocaine.

Beside the solo sailor, seven other people are accused of various forms of drug offenses. The principal suspect was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

The case has received a lot of attention and the trial opened in April 2012.

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