Cocoa Beach, FL – Hurricane Dorian’s violent churning has caused over $400,000 worth of cocaine to wash up onto beaches in Florida.
A beachgoer alerted police after discovering 15 carefully-wrapped bricks of cocaine stuffed inside a duffel bag on Cocoa Beach at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 30, Florida Today Reported.
The bricks, which weighed about one kilogram apiece, were each estimated to be worth between $20,000 and $30,000, Cocoa Beach Police Department (CBPD) Sergeant Manny Hernandez said, according to NBC News.
“I think this is the largest find we’ve had in a while, Sgt. Hernandez told WKMG.
Another sealed brick washed up 20 miles away at Paradise Beach Park in Melbourne just after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Florida Today reported.
“An officer was on patrol when someone said that they saw something suspicious,” City of Melbourne spokesperson Cheryl Mall told the paper.
The contents of the packages found in Cocoa Beach and Melbourne have tested positive for cocaine, WFTX reported.
“There is a possibility that more will come onshore,” Sgt. Hernandez told Florida Today. “Especially now with these conditions. It could be coming from anywhere.”
CBPD has urged citizens to be vigilant and to contact police if they find any suspicious packages that have washed ashore in the wake of the hurricane.
“We’re telling people to be cautious and not to grab or handle it because if there is an opening, it can go into your pores and you can overdose,” Sgt. Manning warned.
CBPD turned the load over to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, NBC News reported.
Hurricane Dorian, now a Category 3, was lashing the coast of the Carolinas on Thursday morning, causing damaging winds and extensive flooding from both rainfall and the storm surge, The Weather Channel reported.
Dorian decimated areas of the Bahamas for two days, killing at least 20 people, according to BBC.
"There's nothing left,” Marsh Harbour resident Alicia Cook told the news outlet. "People are starting to panic: pillaging, looting...just no way everyone's going to get out."
UN officials estimate that at least 60,000 people are in need of clean water and food in the areas of the Abacos and Grand Bahama, where approximately 45 percent of residences are believed to have been destroyed, BBC reported.