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Cocaine with £50m value not 'intended for the UK'

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A £50m cocaine haul that was found on beaches in the East of England was unlikely to have been “intended” for the UK, investigators have said.The drugs were found on Hopton beach in February, with further packages found at Caister and Kessingland.The 360kg (793lb) haul was one of the biggest to wash up on the UK coastline.The National Crime Agency (NCA) said information had been shared international police forces.”We do not believe that the initial intended destination for the cocaine found on beaches on the east coast in February was the UK,” said a spokesman.”As such intelligence surrounding the seizure has been shared with the relevant international partners.”

A 34-year-old man who helped himself to part of the haul was given a two-year suspended sentence at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday.James Underhill, of Charles Close, Caister, Norfolk described the £50m find in a text message as “Willy Wonka’s golden ticket”.The court heard he had used the cocaine himself and supplied some to other drug users.
Source: BBC Norfolk