• High tide: Cocaine worth $1.9M washes up on New Zealand beach; 2 arrested, police say

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

    Updated:

    This is probably not what Taylor Swift saw when she scanned the horizon at Bethells Beach in New Zealand in the opening of her music video, "Out of the Woods," a few years ago.

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    Police on Thursday said 19 packages containing $1.9 million ($3 million New Zealand) worth of cocaine washed up on a beach in Auckland, The New Zealand Herald reported.

    Update 5:44 a.m .EDT Aug. 9: New Zealand police arrested two British men Friday in connection with the 19 packages of cocaine that washed up on a beach in Auckland, The New Zealand Herald reported.

    Police arrested a 60-year-old man at an apartment complex in central Auckland, the newspaper reported. A 49-year-old man was detained at an airport, "trying to flee the country," police said. The men have not been identified publicly, the Herald reported. 

     

    Original report: The packages were wrapped tightly in plastic and were about the size of a VHS tape, police told the newspaper.

    A caller alerted police about the packages Wednesday evening, CNN reported.

    "Police with the assistance of New Zealand Customs have conducted a thorough search of the beach and surrounding areas in an effort to locate any further packages," Waitemala police Inspector Det. Colin Parmenter told 1 News.

    Large amounts of drugs have been found on a New Zealand beach before, CNN reported. In 2016, police confiscated nearly 1,100 pounds of methamphetamine on 90 Mile Beach, located on the country's North Island, according to the Herald.

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