Cocaine Stash Worth £50 Million Has Washed Up On Beaches In Norfolk

A "small number of packages" were found near Great Yarmouth

Around 360kg (793lbs) of cocaine, with a reported street value of £50 million, has washed up on two beaches near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk.

The National Crime Agency said a number of holdalls packed with the class A drug were found by a member of the public at Hopton-on-Sea before a second stash was discovered 10 miles away at Caister-on-Sea, the BBC reports.

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Matthew Rivers, from the NCA, said the team are now trying to establish how the packages got there.

"We are now working with Border Force, the Coastguard Agency and Norfolk Police to try and establish how the bags ended up where they did, however it is extremely unlikely that this was their intended destination," Rivers said.

"This is obviously a substantial seizure of class A drugs and its loss will represent a major blow to the organised criminals involved."

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Superintendent Dave Buckley, from Norfolk police, urged members of the public who find further packages to contact them. Extra officers have also been put in place in the area to "monitor the situation".

The drugs discovery comes just a few months after a 'torpedo' loaded with more the £4.5 million worth of cocaine was found on a beach in Ireland last October. The 75kg of drugs were reportedly attached to a cargo ship and were wrapped in Playboy packages.