- Irish authorities say 75 kilograms of cocaine found inside torpedo-like canister
- Local man discovers object on secluded beach on Ireland's west coast
Three months after Vaughan came across a strange-looking, 2.5-meter-long torpedo-like canister that washed ashore near Liscannor, Ireland, authorities announced the discovery of 75 kilograms of cocaine worth a street value of 5 million euros ($5.4 million).
"The concealment may have been attached below the waterline of a cargo ship or other maritime vessel," read a statement Monday from the Revenue Customs Service
. "However, it is not possible at this stage to say either where the drugs originated, or their intended destination."
Andrew Ryan, a Revenue enforcement manager, told CNN it was the first time Irish authorities had come across drugs inside such a torpedo-like object.
The discovery comes after Vaughan, a local hotelier, and his family first saw the torpedo on Kilmacreehy beach on Ireland's west coast at the end of August.
After taking his family to the beach, he stumbled upon the canister.
"We went to lift it, but it was so heavy -- you'd need more than a couple of people to shift it, " he told CNN.
"We just left it in the end -- perhaps if it was lighter we might have taken it home."