US Border Patrol seized $1 million worth of cocaine after it washed up on a Florida beach.
Thirty packages were discovered by a person on the beach in Hollywood, Florida, just south of Fort Lauderdale. The beachgoer contacted the Hollywood Police Department, who then turned the packages filled with cocaine over to Border Patrol.
"The 30 packages of cocaine weighed approximately 78 pounds with an estimated street value of over one million dollars," the statement said.
Over the course of July and August, Border Patrol Miami Sector has seized over 210 pounds of cocaine, the statement said.
Chief Patrol Agent of US Border Patrol Miami Sector John Modlin said the rise in drugs washing ashore indicated the presence of smugglers operating along the Florida coast.
"These recent seizures represent hundreds of pounds of narcotics that will not make it into our streets or into our communities," Modlin said. "We are grateful for the community's support to our border security mission here in Florida."
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