Seal ‘helps’ bust alleged international drug ring in Australia

An undated handout photo made available by Western Australia Police shows an aerial view of Burton Island, Western Australia, Australia (issued 05 September 2019).Image copyrightEPA
Image caption Burton Island, where two suspects were found hiding

Australian police believe they have busted an international drug smuggling ring – with the help of an angry seal.

Police were first alerted to the alleged plot when a UK and French national were found hiding on an island the day after their yacht ran aground off Western Australia.

Officers also discovered an estimated $688,000 (£588,000) of illicit drugs.

A second Briton, an American and Australian appeared in court on Thursday in connection with the haul.

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the three – named as Jason Lassiter, 45, Scott Felix Jones, 35, and Angus Bruce Jackson, 50 – were allegedly the “shore party” who were “ready to receive” the drugs, news website Perth Now reported.