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Five more cocaine ‘bricks’ washed up on Sydney beaches as drug mystery deepens

2 April 24

More than 250 kilos of cocaine has washed up on Newcastle to Sydney beaches since December. Here’s the news on the latest at Freshie and Curl Curl from the Sydney Morning Herald: 

Another five “bricks” of cocaine worth almost $1 million have been washed up on Sydney beaches, the latest in a string of wayward drug parcels that have bobbed up in the past four months.

Early on Monday morning, beachgoers found two packages at Freshwater Beach and told lifeguards about 7.30am. Another three bricks were found on nearby Curl Curl Beach wrapped in plastic and tightly tied with tape.

The five kilograms of cocaine could potentially have been sold for $900,000, based on the estimated sale price of $180,000 per kilo contained in a NSW Crime Commission report released in January.

“Officers attached to Northern Beaches Police Area Command seized the items, which will be forensically examined,” police said in a statement.

“Police from Marine Area Command conducted patrols with no further finds. As inquiries continue, the public are reminded to report any suspicious package to authorities.”

It’s not yet known whether the drug packages were thrown overboard or attached to the hull of a cargo vessel – both scenarios have taken place before. However, some of the packages found recently have been encrusted in barnacles, suggesting they had spent some weeks in the water.

More than 250 kilograms of cocaine has been found since the beachside cocaine discoveries began on December 22, when a package was found at Magenta Beach on the Central Coast.

More packages were quickly found at Manly and North Steyne, as well as Blacksmiths Beach, Pelican Beach and Pantaloon Bay around Lake Macquarie, and Avoca Beach on the Central Coast.

Two larger packages, each containing up to 39 kilograms of cocaine, were found at Barrenjoey on the northern beaches and at Newcastle’s Ocean Baths on Boxing Day.

Another 39 kilos were located in Botany shortly afterwards, while a lifeguard plucked a floating consignment from the waves at North Bondi on New Year’s Day.

The cocaine packages were printed with various labels, including “Tesla”, “Zoe”, and “R-Z”.

Australians pay among the highest prices in the world for cocaine, and Sydney consumes the most of the expensive drug, making the market attractive to foreign crime groups.




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