In 2011, five men were sentenced to a total of 104 years for conspiracy to import £53m worth of cocaine. They have always said they are innocent. Now, as new evidence is due to be put before the court of appeal, we investigate the case of the Freshwater Five.
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On the morning of 31 May 2010 a lobster fisher was pulling up his pots in Freshwater Bay by the Isle of Wight when he noticed something unusual in the distance. As he got closer he realised that some bags had become tangled in rope and pulled one into his boat. He opened it up and inside he discovered a further sealed bag full of white powder. He called the coastguard and would later find out that this was part of a 250kg haul of cocaine that would lead to the convictions of five other men: the Freshwater Five.
The five men Jamie Green, Jon Beere, Zoran Dresic, Daniel Payne and Scott Birtwistle, were sentenced to a total of 104 years in prison for a crime they say they never committed.
You can read about the 5 men, their trial and the journey so far on the following website: http://www.5men104years.com
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