By Keiligh Baker | February 17th, 2017
Look at all this seaweed!
- Pictures show thousands of pounds worth of cannabis washed up on a beach
- Haul was spotted by dog walker when carrier bags full of the plants came ashore
- The Border Force crew said they did not think the cannabis had been imported
Thousands of pounds worth of cannabis plants have been discovered washed up on a popular British beach. The haul was spotted by a dog walker who called police after several carrier bags full of the plants came ashore in the tide at Slapton Sands in Devon. Twelve members of the Coastguard Search and Rescue Team and four police officers attended the scene around 10.30am on Wednesday morning.
The haul (pictured) was spotted by a dog walker who called police after several carrier bags full of the plants came ashore in the tide at Slapton Sands in Devon. Estimates say the cannabis discovered on Wednesday was worth ‘several thousand pounds.’
A Border Force craft was seen patrolling along the coastline as police and coastguard officers combed the beach looking for further plants. Buds were still attached and officers suspect that they were dumped in a hurry Around five full carrier bags were located around the centre of the beach.
One officer said he suspected that plants had been home grown and had been dumped on the outgoing tide, only to resurface when the tide came back in.
The Border Force crew said they did not think the cannabis had been imported.
The National Crime Agency said a number of holdalls were found at Hopton-on-Sea and a ‘small number of packages’ were discovered at Caister-on-Sea on Friday. Both locations are near Great Yarmouth.
Matthew Rivers, from the NCA´s border investigation team, said: ‘We are now working with Border Force, the Coastguard Agency and Norfolk Police to try and establish how the bags ended up where they did; however, it is extremely unlikely that this was their intended destination.
It comes a week after cocaine with a street value of £50m was discovered on a Norfolk beach
‘This is obviously a substantial seizure of class A drugs, and its loss will represent a major blow to the organized criminals involved.’
A member of the public had alerted Norfolk Police to the holdalls at Hopton-on-Sea, and the separate find at a location near Caister-on-Sea forms part of the NCA investigation.