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Torpedo-shaped canister with 75 kilos of cocaine washes up on Irish coastal beach

October 30, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Torpedo-shaped canister with 75 kilos of cocaine washes up on Irish coastal beach

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Authorities say a rusty torpedo-shaped metal container that washed up and laid on the western coast of Ireland for months contained 75 kilos of cocaine.

Residents near a remote beach in County Clare alerted authorities about the suspicious item which prompted Irish Tax and Customs agents to inspect the rusty metal canister.

The Irish Times reported that when investigators opened the container, they discovered roughly 165 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated street value $5.4 million.

Agents posted photos showing sealed bricks of cocaine with the Playboy logo on their website.

“The concealment could have possibly been attached under a waterline of a cargo ship or other maritime vessel,” Revenue officials said in a statement.

A local resident told The Irish Times he and his family witnessed the canister in August but assumed it was casing filled with concrete or a discarded gate post. (REVENUE)

A local resident told The Irish Times he and his family witnessed the canister in August but assumed it was casing filled with concrete or a discarded gate post. (REVENUE)

“However, it is not possible at this stage to say either where the drugs originated, or their intended destination,” the statement read.

Michael Vaughan told the Times that he and his family noticed the canister back on August 28th but had assumed it was either a discarded gate post or a concrete-filled casing.

“I’m dumbfounded,” Vaughan said looking at the photos. “Me and my sister, Marie, lifted up the canister. We were all puzzled as to what might be inside, but never thought it would be drugs.”

“It was the most inconspicuous item. Not for a second did we did think it could contain that amount of drugs — or any drugs at all,” he added.

Investigators warned area residents to remain vigilant and report suspicious items they may find instead of coming in contact with any objects they find.

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