ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. -- A major stash of cocaine was found on the beach Tuesday night. The first by beachgoers and the rest by DEA agents on Wednesday.
All together, about 40 pounds of cocaine washed ashore in St. Augustine Beach area as a storm blew in.
"Bob," who did not want his real name used, found one kilo while walking his dog on the beach.
"My dog always sniffs everything, I did not make much of it," said Bob. "Then actually picked it up, it was wrapped in tape, I thought 'crap, I'm holding drugs.'"
U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air and Marine agents, working at the Jacksonville Air and Marine Branch, aided in the recovery.
The contraband was turned over to the St. John's Sheriff's Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the release. However, Homeland Security Investigations is processing the evidence.
The cocaine recovered is worth an estimated $2.9 million, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security press release.
DEA spokesperson Mia Ro said the cocaine could have been dropped by a fast boat, a plane or could have been intentionally left on the beach for someone to pick up.
First Coast News