Brit beach-goer thinks he’s stumbled upon £90million worth of washed up cocaine
A man makes dangerous discovery as he finds kilos of drugs washed up on beach.
A Welsh man who does not wish to be named was taking a walk along Tan-y-Bwlch beach in South Aberystwyth in Caredigion on Saturday morning when he found them, reports Wales Online.
Approaching the site, he noticed around 30 black bags on the shore that had been washed up by the tide. Upon closer inspection, the man was shocked to find that they were full of cocaine.
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He said he couldn’t make out what the bags were when he first approached but as he got closer he noticed all of them were tied together with rope and interspersed with plastic jugs in order to keep the cargo afloat in water.
The walker admits to then being stunned to see they contained multiple kilos of drugs.
Police were called to the beach and the walker said he saw what looked like a white powder inside one of the bags when it was cut open. The bags, he suspects, were full of packages of cocaine.
“I was out for my early morning walk when I saw something on the beach,” said the walker.
“I was intrigued and walked up to it and knew what it was almost straight away. An old lady called the police and they came around half an hour later. They cut open a bag and it looked like pure cocaine. They dragged it off the beach and took it away.”
The exact contents of the bags, and how much the haul, if it is drugs, could potentially be worth, has not been confirmed, but Dyfed-Powys Police has been asked to comment after it removed the items from the beach on Saturday.
If the discovery is connected to Class A drugs, it would not be the first time in recent memory that such a find has been made on a British beach.
In May last year, nearly a tonne of cocaine washed up on beaches near Hastings and Newhaven in East Sussex. On that occasion, members of the public spotted bags bobbing in the sea before alerting police, who took them away for testing.
Samples taken from the bags later tested positive for cocaine.
Regarding that find, a National Crime Agency branch commander said: “This is a significant amount of class A drugs which we think originated in South America, but we are keeping an open mind about how the drugs washed up here and where the end destination might have been.
"Clearly though, losing a consignment of this size will represent a significant hit to the criminal networks involved.”
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