Paradise Beach Park and Cocoa Beach in Florida have seen over a dozen tightly wrapped bricks of cocaine wash up on their shores after Hurricane Dorian pounded the area with high winds and waves. Police received a call on Tuesday from beachgoers who had found the narcotics.
A Police Department spokeswoman, Cheryl Mall, said that once the policeman had looked over the package on Paradise Beach, he found "they were wrapped in a way that was consistent with narcotics."
The bricks of cocaine
Tests were run on one single brick found in Paradise Beach Park around 8 am on Tuesday morning. The results made it clear that the contents were a kilogram of cocaine. According to Mall, the drugs will be destroyed.
There was writing on the outside of the tightly packed brick, spelling out the word "Diamant."
Twenty miles further up the coast, on Cocoa Beach, a duffel bag that had washed ashore was called in around 5:30 pm, when the police came over to pick it up.
What was inside the bag? 15 bricks of cocaine. The total worth of these drugs? Around $300,000.
Sergeant Manny Hernandez was the one to pick up the bag filled with the drugs, which has now been handed over to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Sergeant Hernandez said, "There is a possibility that more will come onshore. Especially now with these conditions. It could be coming from anywhere."
Beachgoers have been warned to let the police know if they see or find any further suspicious bags, or materials on the shoreline, and not to pick anything up.
"Because if there is an opening, it can go into your pores and you can overdose," said Hernandez.
The hurricane moves on
Moving further up along the U.S. East Coast, Hurricane Dorian has fallen from a Category 4 to a Category 2 hurricane. Residents on the coasts of northern Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina are bunkering down for the storm.