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Nine men in court over North Sea cocaine seizure

Hamal Image copyright NAtional Crime Agency
Image caption The Hamal was intercepted last week

Nine men have appeared in court after cocaine was seized from a boat that was boarded in the North Sea.

The Tanzanian-registered Hamal was intercepted by the Royal Navy frigate HMS Somerset and the Border Force cutter Valiant about 100 miles east of Aberdeen on Thursday.

It was brought to Aberdeen.

Nine men from Turkey, aged between 26 and 63, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court to face drugs charges. They made no plea and were remanded in custody.

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