Fish­er­man nets 48kg of co­caine

The Star Malaysia - - World -

MAJURO: A fish­er­man in the Mar­shall Is­lands got more than he bar­gained for when he hauled in his catch to find a sus­pected 48kg of co­caine.

The white pow­der, pro­fes­sion­ally wrapped and taped in plas­tic bags, had a street value of about US$4mil (RM16.6mil), po­lice said on Fri­day.

“We’re pretty sure we got all of it,” deputy po­lice com­mis­sioner Rob­son Al­men added, say­ing there was no in­di­ca­tion the packs had bro­ken out from a larger bun­dle.

Al­men said the fish­er­man called the po­lice when he found the drugs while trawl­ing off Kwa­jalein Atoll, 494km from the cap­i­tal Majuro.

The re­mote ar­chi­pel­ago has a his­tory of co­caine finds.

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