18 January 2022,   21:18
Cocaine “ghost boat” washes up in Marshall Islands - BBC

Police in the Marshall Islands have found their biggest drug haul ever, in an abandoned boat washed ashore on a small atoll, writes BBC.

It’s thought the vessel might have drifted across the Pacific Ocean from Latin America, spending possibly months out at sea.

The 649kg of cocaine have an estimated street value of USD 80m. Drugs often wash ashore on the remote Pacific archipelago, but last week"s discovery set a new record.

Police said the drugs were incinerated on Tuesday, apart from two packets, which have been sent to the US Drug Enforcement Administration for testing.

The 5.5m-long (18ft) boat was found by a local resident on Ailuk atoll. Locals tried to move the vessel but were unable to do so as it was too heavy.