Soldiers from the Army Ranger Wing (ARW)  have detained three individuals following a dramatic siege of a cargo ship near the coast of Ireland, according to statements from An Garda Síochána, the national police service of Ireland.

The ship, flying under a Panamanian flag and named MV Matthew, contained a sizable amount of illegal drugs. Authorities suspect the ship was involved in smuggling cocaine.

When the MV Matthew failed to halt, naval officers were compelled to discharge warning shots. The individuals taken into custody are 60, 50, and 31 years old and are being held in County Wexford, facing charges related to organized crime.

MV Matthew