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UK Beaches Awash in Cocaine

$1.2 million in cocaine appears to have drifted across the Atlantic
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2008 11:28 AM CST
UK Beaches Awash in Cocaine
Barrels allegedly containing confiscated cocaine is displayed on a French military vessel in the port of Monrovia Liberia Friday Feb. 1, 2008. Packages of cocaine have been washing up almost regularly on UK shores, totaling almost £7m in street value. (AP Photo/Jontahan Paye Layleh)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – When a British beachcomber brought police a wheelbarrow full of 50 lbs. of pure Colombian cocaine the other day, Cornwall police weren’t stunned. In the last 3 weeks, five other such packages have washed up on Cornwall’s beaches, with a total street value of $1.2 million. “Luckily I’m one of the good guys,” said the upright citizen, “but you wonder how many of these packages” haven’t been reported.

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The packages are all marked “Colombia,” so their origin isn’t a mystery, but how they wound up on UK beaches is. Based on the barnacles clinging to them, they may have drifted all the way across the Atlantic. “I think it’s the strong southwesterlies,” said another package-finder. “This cocaine has come a long way.” Police have stepped up patrols along the coast. (Read more cocaine stories.)

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