LUATATIFO, TONGA (RECENT) (AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE) - Tongan authorities have seized more than 200 kilogrammes of cocaine and found a decomposed body on a shipwrecked yacht that ran aground on the island of Lautatifo near Tonga.
The drugs were concealed in the hull of the 13 metre yacht JeReVe.
The AFP reported that tidal conditions and the remote location of the yacht hampered the investigation. It took authorities several days over the past week to reach and examine the JeReVe.
"Tonga Police response involved the Tongan Navy and as a result of a marine recovery effort in that region a vessel was identified and a badly decomposed body of a male person was located on board that vessel. Also located on board that vessel was 204 one kilo blocks of cocaine destined for the Australian market. As a part of our response to the Tongan rescue effort the Australian Federal Policehas provided forensic services members to assist with the crime scene investigation and forensic pathologist to assist with post mortem inquiries and the coronial aspects of that body identified on board," said AFP Acting Assistant Commissioner David Sharpe.
"The seizure of the 204 kilogrammes of cocaine has successfully stopped approximately $116 million dollars ($119.88 million U.S. dollars) worth of cocaine reaching Australia's shores," said David Sharpe.
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