The latest discovery dates from this Wednesday: at Belle-Ile-en-Mer, a package containing a kilogram of white powder was found on a beach in Bangor. In all, it is already more than a ton that has already been recovered by the police, who think that the phenomenon is not about to stop, says the public prosecutor of Rennes:
"Each tide brings its batch of products, it's still relatively large arrivals of a hundred kilos a day on the entire coast … So I do not exclude that for a few days again there are arrivals on the coastline "
The map of the beaches where cocaine packets have been stranded since October
The map below lists all the places where the authorities have announced that they have found packages of cocaine. Each icon represents a place where the police found packages of cocaine. Zoom in and click on the icons to find out more.
Several West Coast municipalities have made orders to prohibit access to beaches until all packages of cocaine are recovered.
On November 11, a 17-year-old Toulousain was arrested by the gendarmes in possession of 5 kg of cocaine collected on a beach in Lacanau, which is forbidden to the public.
An origin difficult to determine
The investigators favor the track of a "load shedding following a damage or a storm at sea". About two-thirds of the cocaine arriving in Europe comes from maritime traffic, a cheap and almost unguarded means of transport.
The purity of the merchandise found on the French beaches seems to indicate that the drug "certainly comes directly from Latin America". Most of the cocaine comes from the three major producing countries: Colombia, Peru and Bolivia.
Brazil and Venezuela are the first gateways for these products, which then pass through the Caribbean or West Africa, before arriving in the major European ports: Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Antwerp, France. Belgium, Barcelona, Spain, or Le Havre in France.