(New Zealand Police, Facebook)

Nearly $2M worth of cocaine washed up on New Zealand beach

Police think it likely came from Colombia or Peru

August 08, 2019 - 3:05 pm

(KMOX) - Beachgoers at Bethells Beach, New Zealand made quite the discovery on Wednesday night, as nearly $2 million worth of cocaine washed up on shore.

Locals found multiple blue packages marked with "odd symbols" along the beach and alerted local police.  Now authorities are searching for more packages, as well as clues to where it all came from.

"Eagle helicopter will be in the area today conducting a search of the wider area and we will be sending regular patrols in the coming days to continue to check for further washed up items," New Zealand Police stated in a Facebook post.

Officials estimate the street value of the drugs have a street value of $3 million and think it likely came from Colombia or Peru.  They suspect the drugs may have been tossed overboard for a delivery or to avoid detection by law enforcement.

The beach is well known as the spot where Taylor Swift filmed a music video for her 2015 single, "Out of the Woods."

According to CNN, that's not the first time the country has seen drugs wash up on shore. New Zealand police intercepted nearly 1100 pounds or an estimated $323 million worth of methamphetamine -- most of it from a washed-up boat on the country's North Island.

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