French Beaches Closed After 900kg Of Cocaine Washes Up On Shore
Police have been forced to close beaches in France after 900 kilograms of cocaine and other drugs continued to wash up on the Atlantic coast.
The drugs have been discovered almost daily on French shores, with 900 kilograms of cocaine discovered in southwest France on the Atlantic coastline since mid-October, AFP reported.
Police have warned beachgoers to stay clear of the packages as the cocaine has a purity of 83 percent, posing a significant health threat.
Recently, the packages have drifted further north at Camaret-sur-Mer on the western tip of Brittany.
"We're going to still be finding them for a while. Each tide brings in a batch. They are still fairly significant with around 100 kilos arriving each day all along the coast," Philippe Astruc, the public prosecutor in Rennes told AFP.
The packages of cocaine are believed to be coming from South America.
More than 100 investigators are working with the US Drug Enforcement Agency and European police to locate the source and cause of drugs appearing daily.
Police have shut off access to the beaches, concerned that people may rush to the closed areas and attempt to collect the drugs.
A 17-year-old boy who drove three hours from Toulouse to Lacanau near Bordeaux was caught with five kilograms of cocaine on Monday (local time).
Sud Ouest newspaper reported two people discovered two packages while walking on the beach at Arcachon, south-west of Bordeaux, on Friday containing 3kg of cocaine.
The packages were labelled “diamante” or “brillante”, they said, similar to packages which washed up during Hurricane Dorian in Florida in September.
French police have contacted Florida authorities asking for their input into their investigation.
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