French authorities remain searching for answers, but are currently pointing the finger at South America as the source of over 750 kilograms (1,654 pounds) of cocaine that have recently been found on beaches along the French Atlantic coast.
Several Atlantic beaches in France have been closed in recent weeks, and bundles upon bundles of blow have been piling up in the prosecutor’s office in Rennes, Brittany, as authorities try to identify the origin of some $66 million worth of cocaine that continues to wash ashore.
If jail is not enough to keep people away from the powder, Philippe Astruc, a public prosecutor in Rennes, noted that “there is absolutely an immediate health risk” associated with it.
“It’s a very pure product that must not be consumed in this form because there is a very high risk of overdose,” he said, according to the New York Post.
Most batches recovered have an 83% purity rate.
The drugs, which have been found within a 310-mile stretch from the beaches of Landes to Nantes, have reportedly been wrapped in clear or black plastic bags labeled “diamante” or “brillante.”
European anti-drug police, as well as the US Drug Enforcement Administration, are working alongside French prosecutors to conduct the investigation.