Nearly $2 million worth of cocaine was discovered by officials after it washed up on a Florida beach.
Officials say that at least 126 pounds of the narcotic were found over the weekend, but in a couple of different discoveries.
The first round of powder was reported by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in the Florida Keys.
On Saturday, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said that they were called to a residence near the beach in the Florida Keys for reports of cocaine washing ashore.
“The package was found near the Ocean Pointe Condominiums in the mangroves along the shoreline,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post. “The large package contained multiple smaller packages tightly packed with black tape.”
According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were able to conduct a field test of the package found on the beach and it tested positive for cocaine.
“The entire package weighed 71.6 pounds,” according to MCSO.
On Monday, Border Patrol agents in Florida made another discovery after more packages washed up on a beach in the area.
In a tweet, Border Patrol’s Miami Sector Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar said that a Good Samaritan discovered additional packages in the Florida Keys on August 1.
Slosar said that Border Patrol agents were assisted by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and recovered the drugs.
Combined with the 71.6 pounds of cocaine found by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Slosar said that a total of 126 pounds of cocaine was recovered.
“The cocaine has an estimated street value of nearly two million dollars,” he said.
“Over the weekend, a Good Samaritan discovered 126 lbs. of cocaine washed-up along the coastline in the Florida Keys. The cocaine has an estimated street value of nearly two million dollars.”
According to Customs and Border Protection, officials seized over 60,000 pounds of illegal narcotics across the United States in June.
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