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Photo of the Day: Beach cleanup in Penghu uncovers 1.1 kg of cocaine

Routine trash picking activity finds two suspicious packages

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Cocaine washes ashore in Penghu. (Penghu Huxi Township photo)

Cocaine washes ashore in Penghu. (Penghu Huxi Township photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Penghu County’s Huxi Township Office was carrying out a routine cleanup of Longmen Beach on Thursday (Feb. 1) when it discovered two tightly wrapped packages containing the Schedule 1 controlled drug, cocaine, per CNA.

With no way to identify or locate the owner of the parcels, a decision was made to cut them open revealing more than 1.1 kilograms of a white powder that was initially thought to be heroin but later discovered to be cocaine.

Photo of the Day: Beach cleanup in Penghu uncovers 1.1 kg of cocaine
Clean-up activity finds parcels of cocaine. (Penghu Huxi Township photo)

The street value of 1 kg of cocaine can be as high as NT$2.2 million (US$70,000), per Recovered.org.

The parcels were tightly wrapped with plastic material and included a layer of Styrofoam. This led township officials to believe the packages had been set adrift at sea for another group to collect.

The barnacle-encrusted parcels were handed over to the Penghu County Police for further investigation.