Police launch investigation after body of diver found with 50kg of cocaine in Newcastle

NSW Police have launched an investigation after the body of a diver and more than 50 kilograms of cocaine were found in Newcastle on Monday morning.

Emergency services were called to Heron Road near the Hunter River following reports an unconscious diver had washed up onshore.

Police found the cocaine in the water near the man’s body.Credit:NSW Police

Paramedics and members of the public commenced CPR, but he died at the scene. He is yet to be formally identified. A number of packages were located in the immediate vicinity.

The cocaine has an estimated street value of $20 million.

NSW Police are now working to determine the events that led to the man’s death.

A search of the surrounding waters by police divers will continue on Tuesday.

“An investigation is under way by Organised Crime Squad detectives, who will be assisted by officers attached to the Australian Federal Police,” NSW Police said in a statement.

“Anyone with information that may assist Organised Crime Squad investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.”

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