Cocaine worth €1.7 million washes up on beach

Millions of dollars worth of cocaine have washed up on a beach made famous in a Taylor Swift music video.

Police seized 19 packages containing the illegal drug, worth an estimated €1.7 million on the isolated Bethells Beach, west of Auckland.

A woman walking her dog stumbled across the find on Wednesday evening and called the authorities.

She is said to have told officers she had ‘found some nasty old packages’ in the sand.

Each package was about the size of a video tape and wrapped tightly in plastic.

Police said there was a ‘small chance’ more drugs could wash up on the beach over the next few days.

Detective Inspector Colin Parmenter said: ‘Police with the assistance of NZ Customs have conducted a thorough search of the beach and surrounding areas in an effort to locate any further packages.

‘There is a small possibility that further packages may turn up on the beach and we ask any members of the public to contact us immediately if they do.’

He said regular patrols would be sent to the beach in the next few days to check for further washed up items.

Bethells Beach is a popular nature spot where Taylor Swift filmed the music video for her 89.7 Bay hit ‘Out of the Woods’ in 2015.

She reportedly described it as ‘the most beautiful beach’ she had ever visited at the time.

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