An investigation has been launched after a “significant quantity” of cocaine was found washed up on the Welsh coastline, ITV News reports.

The packages were first spotted by a weekend walker who stumbled across the discovery during his stroll on Tan-y-Bwlch beach last Saturday.

As per Wales Online, the man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he saw around 30 black packages tied with rope to empty jerry cans designed to keep the drug afloat at sea. Police were called to the beach and the walker said he saw what looked like a white powder inside one of the bags, which when cut open, revealed “significant” amounts of cocaine.

“I was out for my early morning walk when I saw something on the beach,” said the man during an interview with The Mail On Sunday. “I was intrigued and walked up to it and knew what it was almost straight away. An old lady called the police and they came around half an hour later. They cut open a bag and it looked like pure cocaine. They dragged it off the beach and took it away.”

Thanking those who found the Class-A drugs, Dyfed-Powys Police said that they had made no arrests at the time of writing, and the precise quantity is yet to be established. 

“Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the discovery of a significant quantity of what is thought to be cocaine, spotted along the Ceredigion coast this weekend,” a spokesperson said. Inquiries are being undertaken to establish how such an unusually large amount of the controlled drug came to wash up on the Welsh shore, following recent storms. The precise quantity is still being established and at this time no-one has been arrested in relation to this matter.”