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PNG sewer spews drugs and money

The sewer in a swamp in Morata, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea has been spilling money and residents have been collecting it.

Along with the thousands of dollars in cash, the police in Port Moresby have recovered five packets of cocaine like white powder which has become the centre of investigation for the Transnational Crimes Unit.

The National newspaper reported the money was spewing out of a sewer pipe and into a swamp. The discovery was made by a boy looking for birds.

The newspaper reported that on Monday the boy initially found K1,800 (AU$770) and then later on he found another bundle of cash. This time it was K3,500 (AU$1382).

The sewer in a swamp in Morata, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea has been spilling money and residents have been collecting it. Picture: Facebook

All of the money found was tied up in bundles.

The discovery had residents in a frenzy to locate the money.

The newspaper even carried a front page picture the next day showing the residents wading through the swamp in search of the cash.

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There have been reports of some residents even finding as much as K5,000 (AU$1,970).

It was reported that a police source said only five packets of the white substance were given to the police. The content of the packets have been taken for tests to confirm what the substance is.

The police were led to the swamps in Morata after a tipoff.

A shot of the bay in Port Moresby at night. Picture: Twitter

While cocaine as a drug is not commonly used, the nation has seen its fair share of it.

In August 2020, PNG police seized over 500 kilograms of cocaine – with a street value estimated at $US58-million – allegedly destined for Australia.

The drugs were believed to have been hastily removed from a small airplane which crashed on take-off on a remote airstrip near Port Moresby, on the return leg of an apparent drug smuggling run from Queensland.

The Australian Federal Police and their PNG counterparts have been running such operation for some years now.

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