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.
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.)