- People in Tonga discovered cocaine worth more than $ 1 million.
- Police said they were looking for areas of interest.
- Tonga is on the route used by drug traffickers to access Australia and New Zealand.
Cocaine worth more than $ 1 million has washed up on a Tonga beach, and police searched nearby shores for similar illicit packages on Thursday.
Residents discovered the drugs in the northern Pacific nation’s Vava’u island group and turned them over to authorities.
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Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Halatoa Taufa said police were working with the navy to search areas of interest after the discovery.
“There is a possibility that more packages will appear on the beach and we ask any member of the public to immediately contact the police if they find or know that someone has found more drugs,” he said.
Taufa said the packages were similar to those found at Vava’u in the past.
The JeReVe drug yacht wreck was discovered on a remote atoll in 2012, with blocks of cocaine worth up to $ 120 million.
In 2017, the French navy intercepted a yacht carrying $ 100 million worth of cocaine near Tongan waters.
The following year, police found $ 13 million worth of cocaine on an outlying island.
Tonga has been listed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as “geographically disadvantaged” because it is on the route used by illicit drug manufacturers in Asia and South America to reach major Australian markets. and New Zealand.
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