US Border Patrol agents said they have recovered about 70 pounds of drugs, including 19 pounds of cocaine and 49 pounds of marijuana, that have washed up on the shores of the Florida Keys this week in three separate incidents.
Border patrol agents say the street value of the drugs that have washed up on shores throughout the Florida Keys this week is about $193,000.
The discovery is not uncommon in Florida. In May last year, people on the beaches of the Florida Keys repeatedly came across packages of drugs totalling several kilos. Later in the year, 70 pounds of cocaine bricks washed up onto the beach near Via la Selva.
The Miami Herald attributes the trend of drugs being found in Florida waters to the pandemic, which caused fewer flights and cruises, leaving drug traffickers few options but to attempt to ship them in via boat.
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
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