Cocaine haul worth USD 48 mn washes ashore on Japan beach

Nov 21, 2013, 14:14 IST | AFP

A haul of cocaine with an estimated street value of USD 48 million has washed ashore on a beach south of Tokyo, reports today said, with authorities suspecting seafaring traffickers

An elderly local resident found 80 kilograms (175 pounds) of the drug inside backpacks that were tied together and reported it to police, Jiji Press and other media said.

The bags were outfitted with a buoy and illuminated markers and authorities suspect that they were lost by seafaring traffickers, the reports said.

Police reportedly said the drugs had an estimated street value of USD 48 million. Local authorities declined to comment on the reports when contacted by AFP.

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