More cocaine washes up on beaches

2014-01-03 00:00

GEORGE — Two more sports bags, containing what police at this stage presume is mostly raw cocaine, washed up on December 31 and January 1 on beaches between Rheebok and Tergniet, some 14 km from Mossel Bay.

In the last eight days, police have already sent for laboratory testing two similar bags, each holding 25 vacuum-packed bags containing a white powder.

After estimating the street value of the processed, or “cut”, cocaine in the first two bags to be over R8 million, the police now say the contents of the four bags would be worth between R68 and R100 million on the street.

This is because police suspect some of the sealed bags contain raw cocaine, which is worth a lot more than processed cocaine, said Southern Cape police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie.

He said a resident in Rheebok had seen the third bag floating in the sea in front of his house on December 31 and after removing it, had called the police.

The fourth bag was found on New Year’s Day at Tergniet by police officers who had been patrolling the beach since the first two bags had been found.

Residents in Mossel Bay are now worried that the old port is a soft target for drug traffickers.

Pojie said the laboratory results of the contents of first two bags were still awaited. He appealed to the public to inform the police immediately if other bags containing cocaine wash up on the beach. He said the contents could prove fatal.

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