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Royal Navy wren charged with smuggling £1m of cocaine

Teresa Matos, 36 - a former refugee from Angola in south Africa - spoke only to confirm her name via video link from Eastwood Park prison in Gloucester.

Matos, who has entered no plea, was arrested on board HMS Manchester on August 10 after police boarded the Type 42 Destroyer while it was moored on Plymouth Sound.

Customs officers searched her locker and found 12kg of the highly-addictive class A drug sewn in packages into vests and around rucksacks. If the cocaine was pure, the haul would have a street value of £5million, once 'cut' or bulked out with additives.

Reporting restrictions were lifted on Tuesday the beginning of a committal hearing hearing at Plymouth Magistrates' Court.

Matos, who is charged with possession of cocaine in breach of section 3.1 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, will next appear on September 15.

The court heard Matos, who came to the UK five years ago, joined the Navy in 2007 and had an "unblemished record".

Matos, an Angolan-born national with British citizenship, was serving on Portsmouth-based HMS Manchester, which has spent the past seven months at sea.

A report published on the ship's website the day after Matos was arrested in August stated: "HMS Manchester returned to Portsmouth today after seven months deployed across the Atlantic and South Pacific."

The website revealed the ship had been involved in anti-drug smuggling training in Cape Verde and Columbia.

The report continued: "The Type 42 destroyer set sail on her Atlantic Patrol Tasking in late January, heading first to Cape Verde for counter-narcotics training with the island's Coast Guard."

After stopping off in the Falklands, South Georgia and Rio de Janeiro, HMS Manchester cruised into international drug haven Columbia for more anti-drugs training.

The website report added: "Manchester exited the Pacific Ocean through the Panama Canal on July 16 before arriving in Cartagena, Columbia, to further military and civil relationships between the UK and Columbia. The UK contributes significantly to the counter-narcotics strategy in the region and regularly seizes cocaine bound for the US and Europe."

Speaking after the hearing on Tuesday a spokeswoman from the Serious Organised Crime Agency, which is investigating the alleged smuggling, revealed three men from London had also been arrested.

She said: "Following a search aboard HMS Manchester, a junior rating was discovered to be in possession of suspected quantity of Class A drugs. She was arrested by Royal Navy police on August 10 and handed over to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in Plymouth during a planned anchorage.

"The investigation was subsequently handed to the Serious Organised Crime Agency who arrested three civilians from the London area on Wednesday August 12. The junior rating and the three men were charged with the importation of controlled drugs."

The SOCA spokeswoman confirmed added that three men appeared in court in Portsmouth last week and were remanded in custody.

A Royal Navy spokeswoman added: "The Ministry of Defence will co-operate fully with any investigation that involves service personnel. "The Royal Navy demands the highest standard of conduct from our personnel and anyone who falls short of that is dealt with robustly."

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RN should be ashamed of themselves. Bet the tip-off didn't come from them. Perhaps this is how they pay staff bonuses?

Yes, that's right, the RN pay bonuses with cocaine and they also sell crack to kids.

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Yes, that's right, the RN pay bonuses with cocaine and they also sell crack to kids.

If this was common knowledge it might help with recruitment from the inner city areas.

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Yes, that's right, the RN pay bonuses with cocaine and they also sell crack to kids.

Just what I've come to expect from these public sector parasites!

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The question that comes to my mind is how many times did she get away with this business before getting caught!

Probably made a fair few quid, laundered the money and sent it home, now will do a few years in chokey before being repatriated then collecting the fruits of her labour.

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The question that comes to my mind is how many times did she get away with this business before getting caught!

Probably made a fair few quid, laundered the money and sent it home, now will do a few years in chokey before being repatriated then collecting the fruits of her labour.

So what? Seems a perfectly honest way to make money. Simple import and export. Finest traditions of the service.

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