Description - White GoldThe Inside Story of the UK's Largest Ever Drugs Haul by Eugene Costello
In 1989, an expatriate Scot based in Malaga offered Howarth some work over the winter delivering a yacht from Mallorca to the Costa del Sol. He agreed - and unwittingly stumbled into Operation Klondyke, Customs and Excise's biggest-ever drugs operation in Scotland. With the man referred to as 'Mr X' in the subsequent trial, Howarth was now under surveillance, unaware of the dangerous game in which he had become embroiled. The following winter, 'Mr X' offered him another job, working on a cargo ship doing sand runs between Gibraltar and Portugal. Howarth took with him a young Ullapool fisherman, Noel Hawkins. Their joy at finding work in the lean winter months turned to horror when they learned the true destination and purpose of their trip. They were en route for the coast of Venezuela to rendezvous with a jet plane that would be dropping off half a metric ton of virtually pure cocaine. Howarth and Hawkins were then to use their intimate knowledge of the Highland coast to land the gear back in Scotland - and if they did not co-operate their lives, and the lives of their families, would be in jeopardy. Thanks to an alert local policeman near Ullapool, the drugs were discovered as t
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Author Biography - Eugene Costello
Eugene Costello was born in London where he lives and works as a journalist. He has written for a wide range of publications including THE GUARDIAN, THE SCOTSMAN, SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY, FHM, MAXIM. WHITE GOLD is his first book.