The Guardian UK reports…..Hundreds of packets of hashish, worth €1m, also found on three Sicilian beaches.

The recent discovery of the decomposed bodies of three scuba divers on the beaches of Sicily could be tied to drug trafficking, according to prosecutors.

The body of a third diver was found on Wednesday in Contrada Ginestra, in Termini Imerese, on the northern coast of Sicily. The first two washed ashore in the area of Cefalù and Castel di Tusa, on the northern coast, on 1 and 8 January. None of the bodies have been identified and local authorities have not received any reports of missing persons.

Five separate district attorney offices are working on the case, which they believe could be tied to hashish trafficking. In recent days, hundreds of packets of hashish, totalling over 100kg and with an estimated street value of over €1m, washed ashore on three beaches in northern and south-west Sicily, from Messina to Agrigento.

“We are not ruling out that those two bodies were victims of a shipwreck caused by strong north-westerly winds that hit our coasts around the time of their death,” said Angelo Cavallo, district attorney of Pratti, in an interview with Italian daily La Repubblica. “The other hypothesis is that the divers fell into the water while aboard a stricken vessel that was transporting drugs, and that the drugs found on three separate beaches ended up in the water as well. Obviously, these are only hypotheses that need to be verified.”

The district attorney’s office in Agrigento is also working on the case, which they confirmed with the Guardian is “top secret”.

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