Giant Bricks of Marijuana Have Been Washing Up on Florida Beaches

Beachgoers in and around Daytona, Florida were treated to a rare spectacle last week, as an estimated 100 pounds of marijuana began washing up on shores in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

Large packages of marijuana washed up on beaches in Flagler, St. Johns and Volusia counties last week, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release sent to HuffPost on Wednesday.

Authorities in Flagler County found an estimated 100 pounds of the narcotics wrapped in bundles, which tested positive for marijuana, over two days after receiving reports last Thursday of “multiple packages, presumably containing marijuana” on the beach near Jungle Hut Park.

In St. Johns County, north of Flagler County, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy fished an additional package of marijuana from the water, and the Coast Guard found seven or eight more packages off the coast, The Washington Post reported.

There were even more packages of weed further south in Volusia County: Surfers found a bundle containing 23 bags of marijuana in Ormond-by-the-Sea last Wednesday, according to WFTV9 ABC.

Authorities suspect the loot came from a drug-running boat that may have capsized during the storm. Another possibility is a drug delivery gone wrong.

One person was arrested while trying to wrangle the packages as they washed ashore.

Read more the Huffington Post and Miami Herald.


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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 18:07

El Monte’s City Council is set to decide on a proposed marijuana processing and distribution center in the 4400 block of Temple City Boulevard next week.