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80 kg of cocaine found off Yokosuka

Kyodo

Four backpacks containing roughly 80 kg of cocaine have been confiscated after washing ashore in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, police said Thursday.

The drugs, with a street value of ¥4.8 billion, were divided into 78 packets wrapped in paper and plastic when they were found on the beach Tuesday morning.

The backpacks were attached to a float and plastic bottles containing glow sticks, leading police to believe they were thrown overboard after a drug deal failed at sea.

A fisherman living nearby found the coke-filled backpacks and called the police, tipping them to one of the biggest drug hauls in Japanese history.

“I found these while I was picking up garbage on the beach. I can’t believe it was cocaine,” he said.

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