Boat Carrying $1 Billion Worth Of Cocaine And Ecstasy Crashes On Aussie Reef
Whenever people say 'a boatload' of anything, they're usually referring to an imaginary, yet enormous, load of something. You can essentially have a boatload of anything and most people will assume whatever it is it's massive.
So when we say a boatload of drugs has been discovered on an actual boat that crashed on an Australian reef, we mean there was a lot.
West Australian police have discovered a casual $1 billion worth of cocaine and ecstasy on this boat, which became stuck on an island off Geraldton.
Community members alerted authorities about the 15m yacht that was in trouble but cops got way more than they bargained for when they saw what was in it.
According to the ABC, when a 51-year-old French national and a 34-year-old English man realised their boat was stuck, they chucked the incredible amount of drugs onto a smaller vessel and took it to nearby Burton Island.
Their ingenious plan was allegedly to bury the enormous stash and then come back later when the heat cooled off.
But this was all foiled when police stumbled across them trying to cover the bags of drugs with seaweed. We're not drug trafficking experts here but you'd surely think that this plan was going to fail.
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WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said: "The sea search and rescue phase continued until we spotted a couple of men on a nearby island with a small tender.
"When those persons were under observation, they tried to conceal both the drugs and themselves and then it escalated, of course, into an investigation.
"I think the people who stand accused are probably going to have a story to tell as to how it got upon the reef.
"I doubt whether it was planned."
The drug seizure has been praised by the police community for stopping loads of illicit substances from entering the Aussie market.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts said: "This amounts to hundreds of thousands, or more, shots of misery.
"We don't know the ultimate destination of these drugs. You'd have to expect some of them would have made their way into the West Australian community if they weren't intercepted.
"I suspect though that much of the haul was destined for the east coast and right round Australia."
The two men have appeared in court charged with one count of importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug. Both have been remanded in custody and will appear again later this month.
Featured Image Credit: WA Police