14 Aug 2006

Huge cocaine find on French Polynesian island

6:26 pm on 14 August 2006

A French Polynesian government minister says about 20 kilogrammes of cocaine has been washed ashore in 20 small parcels on the island of Ua Huka in the Marquesas group.

The minister, Leon Lichtle, made the disclosure in a television interview, saying the drugs were discovered by hunters in the area.

The minister, who was on a tour of the area a week ago, says he advised police of the suspicious find.

Mr Lichtle says police confirmed to him that the packages contained cocaine but when contacted by the news agency Tahitipresse, police declined to comment in the issue.

Last week, it was revealed in Tahiti that a methamphetaime smuggling ring run by a number of women had been busted in July, with customs seizing five kilogrammes of the banned drug.