NSW Police are warning people to be on the lookout for drugs that are washing up on beaches.

Following the discovery of barnacle encrusted packages that contained large quantities of cocaine washing up late last year (December 2023), including on the Northern Beaches, Organised Crime Squad detectives have warned that new packages continue to be found.

Based on assessment of marine growth on recently discovered packages, some of which have been found as far north as Nambucca Heads this week (Monday, 11 March), police believe they may form part of a new shipment.

Drugs continue to wash up

Organised Crime Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Peter Faux said the investigation has led detectives to believe the cocaine had only been in the ocean for a number of weeks before washing ashore.

“Our detectives have analysed tides as well as barnacle growth on the packages to determine the blocks were only in the water a short amount of time before washing ashore — no more than six weeks.

“With this new information we’re urging the public to continue coming forward in assisting our investigation, by providing information and continuing to report the discovery of packages.

“Beachgoers are reminded that being in possession of a prohibited drug is a criminal offence,” said Det Supt Faux.

Drugs continue to wash up

The cocaine blocks carry various labels such as ‘Tesla’, ‘Zoe’, and ‘R-Z’. Multiple agencies have been involved in the search for and recovery of drug packages, including NSW Police PolAir and Marine Area Command, and the Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force, and Surf Life Saving NSW.

Since December 2023, a total of 256kg worth of cocaine blocks have been discovered on various beaches along the entire NSW coast.

Drugs continue to wash up

Anyone who finds a suspicious package, or has information about this incident that may assist investigators, is urged by NSW Police to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate, NSW Police

Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000

NSW Police are seeking public assistance in relation to this matter. If you have any information that may assist them with their inquiries, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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