A large cache of cocaine – 125 kilograms (275.6 pounds) with an estimated street value of between US$2.5 and US$3.5 million – was recovered by police Monday off East End.
Police reported that a member of the public spotted a large white rice bag containing what appeared to be cocaine on the beach near Ocean Frontiers Dive Shop on Austin Connolly Drive around 9 a.m. Monday.
The police helicopter and police patrols responded to search the shore area, initially using a small maintenance skiff loaned by Ocean Frontiers to scour the waters and collect bags of cocaine floating in the sea.
Police spotted bags of cocaine as far as 3 miles offshore from the dock. In all, five bags, each containing 25 kilograms of cocaine, were recovered.
“There have been some drug finds over the years in this area, but I’ve never seen anything as much as this,” said Steve Broadbelt, co-owner of Ocean Frontiers, who watched the police operation happening on Monday. “They were out there all afternoon.”
Throughout Tuesday morning, police carried out additional searches of the area. Police destroyed the drugs Tuesday morning.