Over three tons of cocaine was seized by New Zealand authorities.
The massive amount of cocaine was found floating in the Pacific Ocean.
Close to 81 bales of cocaine were seen strapped to numerous floatation devices which raised red flags to New Zealand’s defense force.
Authorities have stated that most of the bales had the black batman symbol on them.
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More than 3 tonnes of cocaine found floating in the ocean off New Zealand https://t.co/gNcZGDVTl9
— South China Morning Post (@SCMPNews) February 8, 2023
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In New Zealand’s largest drug bust ever, its navy found 3.2 tons of cocaine floating in the Pacific, some labeled with the Dark Knight's symbol#HardNumbershttps://t.co/uq4ahTPCAT
— GZERO Media (@gzeromedia) February 9, 2023
New Zealand police discovered 3.5 tons of cocaine. 😳 https://t.co/zQ30crbr5q
— Complex (@Complex) February 9, 2023
😳😳😳Half a billion worth of cocaine was found floating in the ocean in New Zealand. pic.twitter.com/n2BIUKAHY0
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CNN had these details to add:
More than 3 tons of cocaine floating in the ocean have been seized by authorities in New Zealand in one of the country’s single biggest drugs busts.
Some 81 bales of cocaine weighing3.2 metric tons (3.5 short tons) were intercepted in the Pacific Ocean as part of Operation Hydros – a joint initiative between New Zealand’s police, customs and defense force.
Those behind the policing operation valued the haul at more than half a billion New Zealand dollars (about $318 million).
Few details have been made public about how or when the discovery was made, but police on Wednesday published a news release about the haul, including several images. Among them is a shot of the mass of packages, buoyed by numerous floatation devices.Some of the packages bore the black Batman insignia.
A Batman logo is plastered across one of the packages shown, while others are seen labeled with a black four-leaf clover.
An international crime syndicate is believed to be responsible for the cache, which the police think was headed for Australia.
Batman-labelled cocaine haul seized at sea https://t.co/niHaY85PWa
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) February 8, 2023
BBC World had more details to add:
New Zealand’s navy has intercepted a floating haul of cocaine in the Pacific Ocean in what the country says is its largest drug bust ever.
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The stash – weighing total 3.2 tonnes (3,200kg) and worth NZ$500m (£263m; $316m) – was found drifting hundreds of kilometres northwest of New Zealand.
Police believed it was destined for Australia, where it would have been enough to serve that market for a year.
The packages were strung up with buoys and some labelled with a Batman symbol.
Pictures released by New Zealand police and defence officials also showed cocaine packets labelled with a black four-leaf clover symbol.
These were the “trademark logos” for the drug producers, believed to be in South America, said New Zealand officials.
“This is the largest find of illicit drugs by New Zealand agencies, by some margin,” said New Zealand’s police commissioner Andrew Coster on Wednesday.
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