Solomons police consider how to destroy cocaine seizure

5:09 pm on 5 October 2018

Solomon Islands police are working on ways to destroy the bulk of a large quantity of cocaine seized from a foreign yacht at Point Cruz last week.

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The Solomon Star reports Police Commissioner Matthew Varley revealed this at his weekly media conference yesterday.

Last week's bust netted a shipment of 500kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of between $US140 to 215 million.

Mr Varley described it as too dangerous and a security risk to keep the bulk of cocaine.

He said police would soon be working on a plan with the Director of Public Prosecutions and the courts to arrange the destruction of that seizure.

According to him, the cocaine essentially has to be burnt, as that is the international method for disposing of these types of narcotics.

Options are being considered in consultation with forensic chemist and scientists in Australia.

Australian Federal Police have also been involved with testing the cocaine.