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have been many sea chases with much bigger things at stake, but broadly speaking the same rules apply, although it is sometimes difficult to be dispassionate where hard drugs are concerned. The Sea Rover episode was the only occasion I have known a smuggling vessel to be fired upon directly during my time with the customs, as a result of failing to heave-to for customs examination. In this case the circumstances were unusual in that the suspect vessel had been intercepted in French waters and was being chased legitimately by armed French Cutters. Sea Rover did not have the speed to escape, or the guns to retaliate, but it is interesting to speculate what would have happened if she had been armed or whether she could have been persuaded to stop by less drastic means. By 1987 the street value of cocaine seized by Customs in the United Kingdom reached 54,000, 000 while the figures for heroin seizures had risen to 17,000, 000. The total value of all drugs seizures topped a record figure of 116,000, 000. Impressive statistics, yes, but a chilling reminder that
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