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2 months ago | World | 0 comments

By Xai Reyes

Police in the Marshall Islands have found their biggest drug haul ever, in an abandoned boat washed ashore on a small atoll.

The 649kg (1,430lbs) of cocaine have an estimated street value of $80m (£61m).

Police said the drugs were incinerated on Tuesday, apart from two packets, which have been sent to the US Drug Enforcement Administration for testing.

The 5.5m-long (18ft) boat was found by a local resident on Ailuk atoll. Locals tried to move the vessel but were unable to do so as it was too heavy.

Upon further investigation, they discovered the packets of drugs in a hidden compartment inside the boat.

Marshall Islands Attorney General Richard Hickson said the boat could have been drifting for more than a year and was most likely from Central or South America.

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