Authorities in have closed beaches in the southwest region of France after packages of cocaine continued to wash up the shore. More than 1,000 kilograms discovered since mid of October.
The packages are now being found farther north of the Atlantic coast, with a five-kilo parcel turning up at Camaret-sur-Mer on the western tip of Brittany on Tuesday.
“It’s the same cargo,” Philippe Astruc, the public prosecutor in Rennes said, adding that “we’re going to still be finding them for a while”.
“Each tide brings in a batch. They are still fairly significant with around 100 kilos arriving each day all along the coast.”
Customs officers also found some of the packages at sea, he said.
Officials in Rennes are coordinating the searches for the packages, which have appeared on hundreds of kilometres of coastline all the way south to the posh resort town of Biarritz.
Around 100 investigators are working with European counterparts as well as the US Drug Enforcement Agency to try to figure out the source of the drugs.
The cocaine is extremely pure at some 83 percent and therefore highly dangerous. The police have urged people not to touch the packages. In safety measures the police are carrying out regular patrols, searching walkers and cars in parking lots.
In the black market the drugs are valued in millions of euros.
“We fear that people will try and find these products and use them, which is incredibly dangerous and that traffickers or would-be traffickers will say ‘we can make some money here’,” Astruc said.
So far authorities have found 1,010 kilos, of which 763 kilos were recovered from just two days ago.
Packages of cocaine marked with the same words also reportedly washed up shores of Florida during hurricane Dorian in September this year.