Wednesday, April 28, 2021

A beachgoer finds $1.5 million in cocaine along the shore. In South Florida, this is not odd

 A nostalgic memory for longtime South Florida beachgoers: the image of someone strolling the shoreline with a metal detector in hand, waving it along the sand. You seldom saw them find anything of value — maybe some coins, a beer can pop top or, if lucky, perhaps a ring — but it looked like a good exercise, anyway.

Miami Herald

But this weekend’s find on a Palm Beach County beach would have given that beachgoer some strength training to go along with that cardio.

Try 65 pounds of cocaine, at an estimated $1.5 million in value, according to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agent Thomas Martin and Agent Adam Hoffner of the Border Patrol’s Miami Sector.

“The drugs were discovered washed-up along the shoreline by a Good Samaritan near Ocean Drive,” Hoffner said. “The Good Samaritan notified local law enforcement in Palm Beach.”

Hoffner said the bundle contained 25 small packages of cocaine with about 65 pounds of the powder valued at over 1.5 million. The cocaine, found by the beachgoer on Friday, April 23, is now in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol.

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