Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) October 23, 2009 -- For the majority of people beach combing is a fun and a relaxing pastime. As more and more undesirable objects wash ashore, it is becoming a dangerous occupation and not something you support your kids doing.
Volunteers who were cleaning the beach on a Saturday morning, recently discovered a two pound brick of illegal drugs, that had been washed up on the beach on Dauphin Island, Alabama.
Anthony LaFrenier, Dauphin Island Police Officer said âThe cocaine was packaged in black garbage bag-like material and cellophane and sealed up almost water-tightâ.
LaFrenier said it could have been on a boat that sank, or it could have thrown it over from a boat the U.S. Coast Guard was about to search. It is believed the package could have a street value of $60,000 or more.
In September, on Delray Beach, Florida, a 56 year old man noticed a brick of cocaine. Instantly the packages were confiscated by the police.
Beachcombers discovered two dozen neatly wrapped packages of cocaine weighing roughly 50 pounds, on a beach west of Se Rim State Park, in Sabine Pass, Texas, in May. It was expected the find to be valued at around $500.000. According to Major Jimmy Singletary with the Jefferson County Sheriffâs Office said the cocaine was wrapped in 24 separate packages, each weighing one kilo (or 2.2 pounds).
In Feb 2008 a wildlife researcher and his partner found packages of cocaine, wrapped in sacking, at Kynance Cove, near Helston, in the United Kingdom.
The packages were covered in goose barnacles, which are native to the waters of the Caribbean. It is supposed they may have drifted thousands of miles across the Atlantic in strong winds and tides. It is believed the seizure was valued at millions of pounds. A short time later other packages were washed up in Bude, U.K.
In Dec 2006 police recovered around 37 kilos of cocaine, from a Hollywood beach, valued at around $400,000.
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