Florida beachgoer finds kilo of cocaine washed ashore by Hurricane Dorian

Pablo Tucker
September 5, 2019

Dorian is now moving north-northwest after passing near the east coast of Florida.

A Melbourne police officer conducting a foot patrol on Paradise Beach was flagged down by a beach reveler who reported a suspicious looking package had washed ashore. A beachgoer Friday at Cocoa Beach, less than 20 miles away, found a duffel bag filled with 15 bricks, or kilograms, of cocaine, Cocoa Beach police Sgt. Manny Hernandez told CNN.

After undergoing testing, police confirmed the package contained cocaine.

The plastic-wrapped black package field tested positive for cocaine.

It wasn't the only brick of cocaine discovered on the Florida coast recently.

Though Hurricane Dorian began grazing the eastern part of Florida Tuesday night, both Cocoa Beach and its neighbor Paradise Beach remain relatively unscathed.

Before moving toward the U.S. Coast, the slow-moving hurricane battered the Bahamas, killing at least seven people there.

Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days, the advisory reported.

The cocaine find pales in comparison to the huge haul that washed up on an Auckland beach last month.

Another brick of cocaine washed up in Melbourne on Tuesday.

"We don't know if the incident and drug recovery in Melbourne was related to what we found in Cocoa Beach", he said.

Police advised at the time that there was "a small possibility that further packages may turn up on the beach", and asked members of the public to contact them immediately if they do.

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