Cocaine Coming Ashore in Cornwall

In the last month, six bundles marked Columbia and filled with millions of dollars worth of cocaine have washed up on the beaches of Cornwall, England.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

It's not uncommon for driftwood to wash up on the beaches of Cornwall in Britain. Nor, it turns out, is it uncommon for drugs to wash ashore. In the last month, six bundles have drifted in marked "Colombia," and filled with cocaine worth millions. A clerk of the local parish council found one. He told The Guardian newspaper that as he waited for police, he was also, quote, "waiting for a little mini sub to surface and two guys with machine guns."

It's MORNING EDITION.

Copyright © 2008 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.