South Africa Seeks More Support As Cocaine Washes Up On Beaches

Written by Ann Brown

From Bloomberg

The South African Police Service is increasing its presence along the southern Cape’s coast line, an area known for its beaches and great white sharks, after almost $10 million of cocaine washed ashore.

“We are increasing visibility by means of our deployment on sea, as well as on land, and we are trying to get air support as well, either by helicopter or airplane, to patrol the seas,” police spokesman Malcolm Pojie said by phone from the town of Knysna today.

Four batches of cocaine bricks, weighing about 100 kilograms (220 pounds) in total, have been found on beaches or just offshore since Dec. 25 near Mossel Bay in an area about 343 kilometers (213 miles) east of Cape Town where thousands of South Africans are spending the summer holidays, Pojie said. The latest find was on the beach between Klein Brak River and Hartenbos on New Years’ Day.

“If the results are positive that this is pure cocaine, it could have an estimated value of about 100 million rand,” or about $10 million, Pojie said.

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