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Cocaine ‘ghost boat’ washes up in Marshall Islands

Cocaine 'ghost boat' washes

Police in the Marshall Islands have discovered their greatest medication pull ever, in a surrendered boat washed shorewards on a little atoll.

It’s idea the vessel may have floated across the Pacific Ocean from Latin America, spending potentially months out adrift.

  • The 649kg (1,430lb) of cocaine have an expected road estimation of $80m (£61m).
  • Medications regularly wash shorewards on the distant Pacific archipelago, yet a week ago’s revelation set another precedent.

Police said the medications were burned on Tuesday, aside from two parcels, which have been shipped off the US Drug Enforcement Administration for testing.

The 5.5m-long (18ft) boat was found by a nearby occupant on Ailuk atoll. Local people attempted to move the vessel however couldn’t do as such as it was excessively hefty.

Upon additional examination, they found the bundles of medications in a shrouded compartment inside the boat.

Police incinerate the packets of cocaine in Majuro

Police burn the bundles of cocaine in Majuro

Marshall Islands Attorney General Richard Hickson said the boat might have been floating for over a year and was doubtlessly from Central or South America.

Pacific Ocean flows frequently push garbage from that point to the Marshall Islands, and medication finds are normal.

A box filled with bricks of cocaine

More often than not, the medications are sold by local people as opposed to answered to the specialists. Experts in the Marshall Islands state this has energized an ongoing drug habit and emergency clinics have detailed an ascent in patients with complexities identifying with the utilization of rocks.

  • Mr Hickson commended local people for advising specialists about the latest take.
  • A case loaded up with blocks of cocaine

In 2014, a man from El Salvador was found in a boat that had washed aground on the island of Ebon Atoll. He said he had gone through 13 months lost adrift and professed to have made due by getting fish, winged animals and turtles with his uncovered hands.


After his salvage, specialists from the University of Hawaii led 16 PC reproductions of float designs from the shoreline of Mexico and found that practically all in the end wound up in the Marshall Islands.

With a populace of 55,000 individuals, the Marshall Islands comprises of two chains of coral atolls along with in excess of 1,000 islets, only north of the Equator in the Pacific.