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From: Vigilius Haufniensis <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 8:25 pm
Subject:  [cia-drugs] Cocaine galore! £7m of Colombia's finest washes up on 
Cornish beaches


Cocaine galore! £7m of Colombia's finest washes up on 
Cornish beaches

· Suitcase sized packages worth £1m each 

· Theory that they have floated from Caribbean

Frank Partridge is partial to a spot of beachcombing. He likes to pop down to 
Pentreath Beach on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall and find out what odds and 
ends have been washed in by the tide. 

But rather than the usual hunks of weather-beaten wood and pieces of broken 
lobster pot, Partridge's latest expedition yielded a rather more valuable haul 
a package of cocaine with a street value of more than £1m. 

As a law-abiding citizen - and clerk of the local parish council - Partridge 
knew he had to had to prevent the drugs from falling into the wrong hands. 

"I thought if I didn't take it, someone who might not go to the police 
would." So he dragged the 25kg (55lb) package off the beach and rolled it home 
in a wheelbarrow." 

Such events have become almost routine in Cornwall. Within the last three 
weeks five similar hauls - more than £6m worth - have been discovered on the 
county's beaches. 

Another big haul, worth more than £1.5m, washed up on a beach in north Wales 
and a single package, worth a mere £100,000 or so, was found in south Wales. 

Devon and Cornwall police are working with Interpol and other global agencies 
to try to find out how the drugs are ending up on British beaches. 

The origin does not take much detective work; some of the packages are marked 
"Colombia" in faded writing. But how they ended up in the sea remains a puzzle. 

The age of the packages, and the presence of warm water-loving barnacles 
suggests they may be floating all the way across the Atlantic from the 
Caribbean. One theory is that smugglers dumped the cocaine overboard as they 
were pursued by American or British anti-drug patrols. 

Police are worried that other packages may be heading to the UK, or may have 
already arrived, and could fall into the hands of people less scrupulous than 

Patrols have been stepped up on beaches and customs and coastguard officers 
have been asked to keep an eye out, but 500 miles of Devon and Cornwall 
coastline is a challenge to police. They are also concerned that the cocaine in 
the packages is particularly pure and so could harm an innocent person if they 
accidentally consumed it. 

The first of the packages washed up in Bude, north-east Cornwall, at the 
start of the month. A few days later a wildlife researcher, James Saulino, came 
across packages of drugs at Kynance Cove, on the Lizard in the south of the 
county, while he was carrying out a study of porpoises. 

The drugs, in a package about the size of a suitcase, were wrapped in sacking 
and then layers of plastic. Saulino realised he was looking at something worth 
more than £1m and called the police. 

"As I sat there alone waiting for the police, I was waiting for a little 
mini-sub to surface and two guys with machine guns," he said. 

"I think it's the strong south-westerlies. This cocaine has come a long way. 
It's incredible. I always thought the day would come when we would find 
something extraordinary but I expected an exotic crustacean or turtle, not 
millions of pounds of cocaine." 

Last Saturday another package was found near Portscatho, also on the south 
coast but further east. And on Sunday a package was dragged up in the nets of a 
fishing trawler in Mount's Bay in the far west of Cornwall. The fishermen 
it over to the Penlee lifeboat crew, who passed it on to the police. 

Then on Monday Partridge, 57, set off for the beach with his two dogs, Tyla 
and Bessie. 

"I often comb the tideline if I have time," he said. "When I saw the package 
I knew what it was immediately - it was tied up in thick rope, with hessian 
layers underneath.

"Luckily I'm one of the good guys, but you wonder how many of these packages 
might have turned up and not been reported.

"I phoned the police straight away. They sent down a WPC who immediately 
said: 'Can you keep this quiet?' I think they're a bit worried about attracting 
undesirables in a new Klondike situation. 

"I told them I'd try but we're a tiny little village down here and it's 
difficult to keep anything that quiet." 

The police have yet to confirm that the latest three packages do contain 
cocaine - but Detective Inspector Martin Warren, of the force's serious and 
organised crime team, said they almost certainly did. 

Another Lizard local, Tony Muller, 65, who saw the package, said: "It's like 
a film script really. The package would be worth around a million and half 
pounds I'm told, and it must belong to a very angry man in 


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