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45 pounds of heroin wash ashore in Indian River County

U.S. Border Patrol will take custody of the drugs
A drug dealer is missing 45 pounds of heroin after a garbage bag washed up near Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Posted at 1:28 PM, Feb 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-18 13:28:23-05

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. — 45 pounds of heroin washed ashore Thursday in Indian River County.

A passerby noticed a garbage bag on the beach near Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge and notified the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office (IRCSO).

An IRCSO deputy and a Federal Wildlife Officer responded and took the drugs into custody.

U.S. Border Patrol was notified and will pick up the heroin.

According to IRCSO, the drugs were in a 35-gallon trash bag and wrapped in burlap. The package was not intended for water and it’s possible the drug-runner either threw it overboard or the watercraft being used to transport it took on water.

According to IRCSO, there were no nearby reports of boats going under.