Luxury yacht found with 750kg of cocaine onboard goes up for auction

Luxury 50ft yacht goes up for auction after being seized with 750 kilos of cocaine onboard worth £60million in one of Britain’s biggest-ever drugs busts

  • The boat was travelling from South America and was stopped off the Welsh coast
  • Gary Swift, 53, and Scott Kilgour, 41, had hidden £60million of cocaine on board
  • The pair were later jailed for a total of 33 years after admitting drug smuggling
  • The 50ft yacht is now being auctioned off after it was seized by the Government
  • A luxury yacht that was found to have 750 kilos of cocaine worth £60million onboard in one of the UK’s biggest-ever drug busts is being put up for auction. 

    The dream boat, which is 50ft in length, had been used by two British men to try and smuggle cocaine from South America into Britain.

    The vessel, called Sy Atrevido, was stopped off the Welsh coast in Pembrokeshire in August 2019 by investigators.

    Inside they found ‘every available storage space’ had been stuffed with cocaine by its crew, bankrupt builder Gary Swift, 53 at the time, and shipmate Scott Kilgour, 41 at the time. 

    The pair, who are both from Liverpool, had sailed the boat across the Atlantic in June 2019 to the country of Suriname, a place described in court as ‘an established transport hub’ for exporting wholesale quantities of Class A drugs. 

    It was seized by the Government and will now be put up for auction, giving people the chance to own a slice of luxury that has a dark past.  

    The vessel Sy Atrevido is being put up for auction after being seized by the Government when it was found carrying £60million worth of cocaine off the coast of Wales in August 2019

    Officers discovered 751kg of cocaine with a purity of up to 83 per cent. The quantity found would have a wholesale value of around £24 million and a potential street value of £60 million

    Officers discovered 751kg of cocaine with a purity of up to 83 per cent. The quantity found would have a wholesale value of around £24 million and a potential street value of £60 million

    The yacht is being auctioned by Wilsons Auctions after it was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

    It will be sold unreserved – meaning it will go to the highest bidder of the auction.

    The auction will open for bidding online on May 26 before it closes at 11am on May 27.

    Mark Woods said, Wilsons Auctions, said: ‘We are delighted to manage more seized vessels at auction this month for our vendors.

    Gary Swift, 53 at the time, was jailed for 19-and-a-half years

    Scott Kilgour, 41 at the time, was jailed for 13-and-a-half years

    Gary Swift (left), 53 at the time, and shipmate Scott Kilgour  (right), 41 at the time, were jailed for a total of 33 years

    ‘Sy Atrevido is another high-profile UK case on behalf of the NCA with reports that around £60m worth of cocaine was found on board the 50ft yacht.’

    ‘The great range of other luxury Lots should appeal to a wide variety of bidders – new buyers are always welcome to the auction process at Wilsons Auctions.

    ‘We are proud to facilitate auctions on behalf of our government and law enforcement agency clients.

    ‘We play an important role in realising a large quantity of assets on behalf of these clients and in recent years, these auctions have seen us responsible in returning in excess of £130m back into the public purse.’

    The boat had been sailed from the UK to Suriname in South America, where Swift and Kilgour picked up the drugs, before sailing back

    However, it was stopped by the Border Force, which searched it with the NCA, finding the drugs

    However, it was stopped by the Border Force, which searched it with the NCA, finding the drugs

    Swift had originally bought the yacht on a trip to Spain for €50,000 before using it for his criminal enterprise.

    The pair were attempting to smuggle the drugs into Fishguard Harbour in Pembrokeshire when they were stopped by Border Force cutter HMC Protector in the early hours of August 27, 2019.

    The yacht was escorted to port where NCA officers and Border Force’s Deep Rummage team searched it, finding cocaine with a purity level of up to 83 per cent onboard.    

    The boat had originally been bought by Swift in Spain for €50,000 before he began using it for his criminal activities

    The boat had originally been bought by Swift in Spain for €50,000 before he began using it for his criminal activities

    It will go to auction unreserved on May 26 - meaning it will go to the highest bidder before it closes at 11am on May 27

    It will go to auction unreserved on May 26 – meaning it will go to the highest bidder before it closes at 11am on May 27

    Upon arrest, Swift said to officers: ‘I just want to say that I am guilty. I have got something substantial on the boat and they will find it.’

    He later admitted ‘I’m the bad one here,’ and asked custody officers to pass a message to the NCA revealing the number of packages on board the yacht.

    Swift was jailed for 19-and-a-half years for drug smuggling, while his crewmate Kilgour was jailed for 13-and-a-half years for the same offence.

    At the time, National Crime Agency’s Craig Naylor said: ‘Certainly in my recollection this is the second-biggest seizure that the NCA has had in recent years.’