Now that the U.S. Coast Guard worked with Border Patrol agents in Florida to fish a lot of drugs out of the water, someone might have just dropped a whole lot of cocaine into the waters off the Florida Keys.

According to the U.S. Border Patrol, a boater spotted a large shipment of cocaine floating off the Florida Keys on Saturday..

According to Miami Herald report:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Division Chief Adam Hoffner said that the cocaine had a total weight of 69 pounds, and authorities estimate the haul has a street value of more than $1 million.  The drugs were found at sea off Islamorada in the Upper Key.

Chief Patrol Agent Thomas G. Martin also tweeted the incident:

“Over the weekend, a Good Samaritan discovered over 1 million dollars in cocaine floating at sea near the Florida Keys. The package contained nearly 69 lbs. of cocaine. #BorderPatrol agents with support from @USCGSoutheast recovered the drugs.”

The find was rare, but not unprecedented.

In March, a haul of 25 bricks of cocaine was found floating in the Keyes as well.

“On Wednesday, a Good Samaritan discovered 68 lbs. of cocaine valued at over 1.5 million dollars floating in the #FloridaKeys. The individual noticed a large black bundle wrapped in tape & contacted local authorities. The bag contained 25 bricks of cocaine,” Martin tweeted.

According to Patch report last May, this is not the first time it happen – bundles of drugs keep appearing around the Keys, sometimes at sea and sometimes on the shore.

More from PATCH report related to bundles of drugs keep appearing around the Key:

On April 30, a boater off Key Largo hauled in about 73 pounds of cocaine valued at $1.7 million.

The very next day, a boater made the catch of a 62-pound haul of marijuana valued at $100,000.

Last December, 74 pounds of cocaine were near Sugarloaf Key, while in July, 50 pounds of cocaine valued at $884,000 was found.

Last August, 130 pounds of marijuana worth about $260,000 was found near Key Colony Beach.

Special Agent Anne-Judith Lambert, a Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman, said the drugs may not have been dropped where they were found, according to Florida Keys News.

“Drug wash-ups are very common along Florida’s coast in both the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Most occur on the Atlantic side. The location where they wash ashore should not be assumed to be the destination as sea currents do play a role on where these bales are ultimately found,” Lambert said.

“A bale of cocaine could have drifted a while before washing up ashore,” she said.

Sources: WesternJournal, Patch, Florida Keys News, Miami Herald

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  1. Original Anna

    You have a town named after Islam in the Keys on U.S. territory. Just how big is that Muslim town and the border patrol does know that that a lot of drugs are being grown in countries in the Middle East and like in Afganistan and Pakistan and China. And, the police don’t know where to look for where the drugs might float or eventually find their way to. Try looking into the Muslim settlements, they will raise and sell anything to get money to use against the U.S.


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