126 lbs of cocaine worth $2M washes up along Florida Coast
By: April Carson
Dozens of cocaine shipments have been discovered washed up along the Florida Keys' coast this weekend, according to law enforcement.
The first package, which weighed about 25 pounds (11 kilograms), was found on Friday evening by a beachgoer on Key West, the US Coast Guard said in a news release.
The second package, found on Saturday afternoon, weighed about 50 pounds (23 kilograms) and was discovered near the fishing village of Marathon, the release said.
Police said the drugs were discovered by good Samaritans who found the packages in a line of mangroves near Biscayne.
"Our crews are working diligently with our state and federal partners to stem the flow of these illegal drugs into our country," said Capt. Jeffrey Janszen, chief of response for the Seventh Coast Guard District.
"I commend the good Samaritans who safely removed these dangerous narcotics from our waterways and prevented them from reaching our communities."
It's not clear where the cocaine came from or how it ended up in the water.
The US Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating the incident.
Cocaine is commonly transported through the Caribbean by drug cartels.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, when deputies were dispatched to remove the boxes, they discovered a large box with numerous smaller ones inside. The smaller packages were tightly packed with black tape. Cocaine was detected in the contents of the larger packages.
The package as a whole weighed 71.6 pounds.
The cocaine was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
In all, the Coast Guard and Border Patrol seized over $2 million in cocaine weighing roughly 126 pounds with a street value of about $2 million.
According to a recent Newsweek article, Customs and Border Protection seized more than 60,000 pounds of illegal drugs in the United States during June.
This is not the first time that cocaine has been washing up along the Florida coast.
In January, a similar incident occurred in Indian River County when packages of cocaine worth $1 million washed ashore. In February, nearly $1 million worth of cocaine washed up on beaches in Broward County.
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