Huge cocaine haul worth £80m washes up on Brit beach in waterproof sacks

Bags of cocaine with a staggering street value of £80 million washed up on a British beach.

Members of the public reported the suspicious packages to the police after floating ashore on life jackets in Newhaven, East Sussex, on Monday.

The National Crime Agency believes the class A drugs originated in South America before making their way onto St Leonards and Newhaven beaches.

When weighed together the massive haul tipped the scales at almost a tonne, which, if cut and sold on the streets in the UK, would fetch around £80 million, authorities say.

The drugs, which were wrapped in waterproof bags and attached to life jackets to make them float, are believed to have originated in South America.

After responding to calls to the beaches by passers-by, police seized the packages and took them to a secure location, SussexLive reports.

Martin Grace, NCA branch commander, said: "This is a significant amount of class A drugs which we think originated in South America, but we are keeping an open mind about how the drugs washed up here and where the end destination might have been.

"Clearly though, losing a consignment of this size will represent a significant hit to the criminal networks involved."

Two separate consignments of packages were found washed up on beaches near Hastings and Newhaven.

NCA officers are investigating the seizures, which are being linked.

Samples have tested positive for cocaine, though a full forensic examination will be carried out.

The combined weight is thought to be around 960kg.

Pictures released by the NCA on Tuesday show several packages lying on a pebble beach.

Mr Grace added: "Our investigation is being assisted by both Sussex Police and Border Force, and is also likely to involve international partners."

A colossal pile of cocaine also washed up on an American beach last month but was valued at a comparatively slimy £1million.

An unsuspecting snorkeler was swimming in the shallows at Palm Beach, South Florida when they came across 25 tightly wrapped packages, on the shoreline.

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