A large amount of cocaine floating in the sea was seized by New Zealand authorities
More than 3 tons cocaine Floating in the sea was arrested by the authorities New Zealand in one of the country’s biggest drug deals.
Weight about 81 bales of cocaine 3.2 tonnes (3.5 short tons) was intercepted in the Pacific as part of Operation Hydros – a joint initiative between New Zealand’s police, customs and defense forces.
The people behind the control operation are worth more than half a billion New Zealand dollars (about 318 million dollars).
Some details have been made public about how or when the discovery was made, but police on Wednesday released a New information posted about the trip, including some pictures. Among them was a photograph of a series of packages, floated by various flotation devices.
The Batman logo is plastered on one of the packages shown, while the others are labeled with a black four-leaf clover.
An international criminal organization is believed to be responsible for a cache that police believe was shipped to Australia.
Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said: “We believe there is enough cocaine to serve the Australian market for about a year and this will be more than New Zealand will use in 30 years.” CNN branch 9News.
Police said it took a navy ship six days to transport the drugs back to New Zealand, where they would be destroyed.
“Without a doubt, this finding deals a financial blow from South American manufacturers to distributors of this product,” Coster said in the news release.
“This is one of the largest illegal drug seizures by the authorities in this country. While this disrupts the organization’s operations, we remain vigilant for the time being that we know these groups will attempt to avoid the attention of law enforcement.”
Coster said Operation Hydros, which began in December, tracks “suspicious” movements of the vessel and includes working with international partner agencies.
“The importance of this recovery and its impact cannot be underestimated,” he added.
No arrests have been made but an international investigation is ongoing.
Bill Perry, Acting Controller with Customs, New Zealand, added: “It is a great illustration of the time that organized crime will take with their global drug trade and shows that we are not immune from major organized drug trafficking efforts in this part of the world.”