Japanese authorities revealed on Thursday that a stash of cocaine was found on a beach in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Tokyo, believing to have washed ashore. With the drugs weighing a total of 80 kilograms (176 pounds), and worth a street value of about 4.8 billion yen (approx. US$48 million), this makes it Japan’s largest ever illegal substances discovery by monetary value, according official broadcaster NHK.
Local police and media have reported that a backpack full of cocaine was discovered on the beach by a local elderly resident. This bag turned out to be tied together with three others, each containing the drugs wrapped in waterproof tape, and attached to a buoy with an illuminated marker. The authorities believe the contraband may have been lost by seafaring drug traffickers.
There have been a number of other large drug smuggling busts in Japan in the last year, including the discovery of 44 kilograms (97 pounds) of methamphetamine worth 3.5 billion yen ($34.5 million) inside a winch that was shipped to Tokyo port. Japanese customs authorities and narcotics experts have identified Africa as being the largest source of smuggled drugs since 2010. However, beyond tracing manufacturing and smuggling to the continent, identifying some of the masterminds behind the global drug trade remains difficult.
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