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The High Seas: Inside the multi-billion dollar cocaine war

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Reporter: Tara Brown
Producer: Stephen Rice

60 Minutes goes inside the multi-billion dollar cocaine war that stretches all the way from South America to Australia.

In the past three years, our Federal Police have intercepted nearly two tonnes of cocaine on the lucrative Pacific route.

Small yachts are loaded up with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the illegal drug on the coast of Ecuador, before making the long journey here.

The innocent-looking yachties breeze into our eastern waters, mostly undetected, before offloading their cargo to local dealers.

Tara Brown tracks the smugglers from South America to Vanuatu and Tonga, where a boat holding 200 kilos of cocaine and a rapidly decomposing corpse was discovered shipwrecked on a remote island reef.

In response to criticism in our story by Ecuador anti-narcotics police that the Australian Federal Police has failed to co-operate on matters of drug trafficking, the AFP has issued this statement: [click here] 

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