Boat full of cocaine ‘worth £27,000,000’ abandoned off remote island

There is an abandoned boat off the coast of Papua New Guinea which a bunch of pirates are very desperate to find.

That’s because it reportedly has £27 million worth of cocaine hidden inside.

The story begins with a fisherman on a remote island who found the stash buried in sand.

He had noticed some rope running from the sea to a small stick on a beach on a tiny atoll in the Solomon Sea, according to .

He kept digging and found 11 duffel bags filled with cocaine and took the haul back to his village on Budi Budi Island.

Unfortunately for him, his discovery did not go unnoticed and he soon had a gang of men from China and Eastern Europe on his doorstep.

The gang then made their escape on a modified trawler boat.

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The Papa New Guinean navy got wind and pursued them in what became a 400km chase at sea.

With the support of Australian air surveillance, police managed to stop the boat and arrest the seven men on board.

But it seems they had the last laugh as the boat was filled with oil and diesel, making it impossible for the officers to retrieve the stash of drugs.

The boat was too heavy to tow away so police were left with no choice but to abandon it somewhere off the Siassi islands.

‘Our men couldn’t get into the interior,’ said regional PNG chief inspector George Bayagau.

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‘There was diesel poured inside and there was grease all over and it made it very, very difficult.’

He added: ‘All efforts were made to salvage the boat, but it was impossible.’

Police only retrieved a small amount of cocaine found inside a cigarette packet.

The seven men were taken to Alatou, south-east Papua New Guinea, where they pleaded guilty for immigration offences and face trial for drug charges.

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