NEWSWEEK – A snorkeler found $1.5 million worth of cocaine while swimming in waters off the coast of the Florida Keys, law enforcement officers have revealed.
Around 70 pounds worth of the drug was found wrapped in tape and floating near to the island chain on Wednesday afternoon.
The unidentified snorkeler contacted the local police department who informed the U.S. Border Patrol.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement a snorkeler near Craig Key at Mile Marker 72 “reported finding a floating bale” at 1.50 p.m.
“The Sheriff’s Office notified the U.S. Border Patrol who responded and found the bale contained 25 bricks of cocaine weighing 68 pounds,” the statement said.
“U.S. Border Patrol valued the drugs at more than $1.5 million.”
A Twitter account belonging to the U.S. Border Patrol’s Miami Sector’s Chief Patrol Agent, Thomas G. Martin, described the snorkeler as a “Good Samaritan.”
Martin said: “The individual noticed a large black bundle wrapped in tape & contacted local authorities. The bag contained 25 bricks of cocaine.”
Neither agency commented on the possible source of the drugs, but bundles of narcotics are commonly found in those waters.
In December, a fisherman discovered almost 75 pounds of cocaine floating off Florida Keys.
That bundle was located 15 miles south of Sugarloaf Key, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said at the time …
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