With some beaches south of the border reopening, people apparently unconcerned with furthering the spread of COVID-19 have been enjoying the usual offering of wind, sun and sand. One Floridian, however, got a whole lot more than that when they found bales of weed that had washed up.
Five cannabis bales were discovered last week near the shore of a beach in Marathon, Fla., a city in the Florida Keys, located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, reports the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
A blue plastic barrel was found containing bales of weed that weighed approximately 90 pounds, according to CBS Miami.
Luckily for police who are likely to frown upon such oceanic (or gulfic) offerings, the law-abiding soul opted for the straight and narrow and immediately informed the authorities. The sheriff’s office then notified U.S. Border Patrol agents, who seized the cannabis.
While clearly not an everyday occurrence, this type of find is not unheard of. The bales are known as square groupers, so named for smuggled cannabis tossed overboard or out of airplanes as far back as the 1970s and 1980s.
Of course, washed-up weed is not specific to Florida. It happens around the world and, sometimes, for very stupid reasons.
In 2017, bales washed up at the beach in Del Mar, Calif. near San Diego. There was also the case of the Royal Gibraltar Police who seized £14 million in drugs after an inflatable boat carrying illicit cargo in the Mediterranean overturned and its occupants had issued a distress call. Also, there was the infamous $1 million in cannabis and cocaine found on an Alabama beach. And who could possibly forget the 28 kg of sea weed, neatly contained in 21 plastic bags, found gently floating off the coast near Peyia, Cyprus?
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