Social media users react after drugs wash ashore on south coast againOctober 24, 2023
Cocaine galore! Social media users say they ‘might go for a seaside walk’ and ask ‘is it finders keepers?’ after haul of drugs washed ashore on south coast for FOURTH time this month
- Armed police sealed off section of beach in Goring after £2million of drug found
Social media users have joked that they ‘might go for a seaside walk’ after a haul of drugs washed ashore on the south coast for the fourth time this month.
Armed police and the coastguard yesterday sealed off a large section of the shore in Goring, West Sussex, after a member of the public found a black holdall containing as much as 30kg of the class A drug.
It was estimated to be worth more than £2million.
Sussex Police has confirmed that the beach is back open to the public now – but social media users are seeing the funny side after yet another haul of drugs turned up on Britain’s coast.
One person on X, formerly Twitter, wrote: ‘Might go for a walk along Brighton beach, I mean that tide can be strong.’
Another quipped: ‘I was there this morning at 5am to do some fishing… if only I walked [a] few more groins [sic] up by birthday would of been a different story.’
Armed police and coastguards sealed off a section of beach in Goring yesterday after a bag was discovered on the shore containing £2million worth of cocaine
The vast haul of drugs is believed to be part of a consignment dumped by smugglers in the Solent earlier this month
Social media users joked that they should go for a seaside walk, while others quipped that they never find anything good on the beach
A third user joked: ‘I mean, someone’s definitely got a bounty on their head after this little mishap..’
A fourth posted: ‘It’s not finders keepers then.’ And a fifth said: ‘Somebody’s gonna be throwing toys out their prams.’
Others shared how they wondered what all the sirens were about as several armed police descended on the scene. One user suggested it was a bit extreme to send in armed cops, adding: ‘We all know that drugs are dangerous but???’
It comes after a fisherman found hundreds of kilos of cocaine floating in the sea close to Durdle Door, Dorset, on October 2. A team of litter-pickers stumbled upon a second batch on a beach on the west coast of the Isle of Wight.
On October 12, armed police cordoned off the beach at Ferring, west of Worthing, when dozens of black-and-turquoise packages marked ‘POPI’ containing £1.2million of cocaine washed up on the shore.
More of the sealed parcels were found scattered on nearby beaches in Felpham and Middleton the following day. A further batch was found in Selsey last Thursday.
The vast haul of drugs is believed to be part of a consignment dumped by smugglers in the Solent earlier this month.
A witness said the black bag found yesterday looked identical to the holdalls from the previous cocaine discoveries.
Officers investigate after cocaine washed up in West Sussex yet again. It was found by a member of public
The Coastguard was also deployed to the beach in Goring, as police urged the public not to touch the drugs
Officers who were seen rushing to the scene take away a black holdall containing drugs yesterday
One user suggested it was a bit extreme to send in armed cops, adding: ‘We all know that drugs are dangerous but???’
‘The police quickly bagged it up and whipped it off the beach at about 11am,’ they said.
‘There were eight armed officers who helped seal the beach off.
‘I’d heard it was about 30kg or so. It was definitely the same bag as the load found in Middleton and the Isle of Wight.’
Sussex Police warned members of the public not to touch or remove any other packages they discover on the beach.
Armed police cordoned off a beach in Ferring, Sussex, after dozens of packages believed to contain up to £1million of cocaine washed up on the shore
Writer David Jones with what is believed to be cocaine at Brightstone on the Isle of Wight
A spokesman said: ‘Police were called to Goring on Monday morning following reports of suspected drugs washing up on the beach.’
He added the packages will be taken for forensic testing along with those found at the other locations while investigators work to find the source of the drugs.
Following the discoveries made earlier this month, the National Crime Agency confirmed that initial testing indicated the substance found was cocaine originating in South America.
Senior investigating officer Tracey Lake said: ‘A loss of a consignment of this size would represent a significant hit to the criminal networks involved.’
Dogwalker Kayt Wolfe, who saw some of the packages washed up on the Isle of Wight, said people had asked her why she did not keep some of the narcotics.
‘It never crossed my mind. I just wanted it safely removed from the beach,’ she said.
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