Penzance officer praised for cargo ship arrest
A PENZANCE policeman who carried out a European arrest warrant on an American man wanted in connection with serious drugs and firearms offences has been praised by a senior police officer.
PC James Perkin carried out the arrest on the man who was on board the cargo ship Evora moored in Penzance harbour in early August. He had been requested to do so because he had become known to the man through the course of his normal duties.
In making the arrest he was accompanied by armed officers from the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (Soca).
In praising PC Perkin, Julie Fielding, Commander of the Basic Command Unit, wrote to him: "The arrests were progressed both quickly and safely. If it were not for your knowledge and good work, it (the arrest) would have been much more difficult."
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The arrest was made following a carefully planned operation which involved more than a dozen police officers and the assistance of the Penlee inshore lifeboat while The Scillonian ferry, with 282 passengers on board, was asked to wait in the bay for an hour while the operation took place.
It is believed the Evora was making preparations to sail for the Cape Verde Islands. A few days earlier, Spanish authorities announced they had seized 500kg of cocaine from a yacht off the Canary Islands in an operation that saw five people arrested.
Spanish officials said they had smashed a drugs ring that shipped large amounts of drugs from South America to Cape Verde, where it was stored to be shipped on later to the Canary Islands.
Spanish police also seized several weapons, including two submachine guns, as well as jewellery and gold worth around 135,000 euros (£116,000), and 40,000 euros in cash in five searches carried out as part of their investigation.
The European arrest warrant executed by PC Perkin was believed to be the latest of those arrests. The man has since been extradited.