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.