400 pounds of marijuana floating off South Florida's coastline in 27 days
9:05 AM, Oct 19, 2016
1:31 PM, Oct 19, 2016
Nearly 400 pounds of marijuana have washed ashore and have been spotted floating off South Florida’s coastline, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
In a span on 27 days, from Sept. 15 through Oct. 12, Border Patrol agents have recorded 15 separate drugs seizures on South Florida shores. The drugs have a street value totaling more than $306,000.
"There has been a significant spike in drugs washing up on shore," said U.S. Border Patrol Miami Sector Division Chief, Todd Bryant.
The drugs have been found in various areas in the Florida Keys and along the Eastern Florida coastline.
Officials say the increase in drugs washing ashore is partially due to improved partnerships across borders and a shift in smuggling methods.
Border Patrol agents urge those who locate drugs, suspicious packages or activity to immediately contact proper authorities.
"If you are out on a boat or on the beach and you see a suspicious package, call local law enforcement immediately. Attempting to keep the suspicious package can place you in danger, as violent criminal networks will attempt to recover their narcotics," said Bryant.
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