Sea Turtle Found Tangled Up In $53M Worth Of Cocaine

A sea turtle was found tangled up in $53 million (£39 million) worth of cocaine in the eastern Pacific.

Credit: US Coast Guard

The US Coast Guard spotted the poor little dude trapped amongst 26 packages of cocaine, amounting to around 800kg of the drug.

The turtle had rope wrapped around its neck, according to authorities.

Commander Jose Diaz said: "There were some marks on her neck, so he may have been there a day or two."

A spokesperson from the US Coast Guard said: "While on patrol Nov. 19, the cutter launched its Over the Horizon small boat to investigate a debris field. The boat crew discovered a large sea turtle entangled in multiple bales of suspected contraband.

"Coast Guard Ens. Mark Krebs, the pursuit mission commander, said that as his team arrived on scene with the jettison field, they immediately noticed the entangled sea turtle. They saw significant chaffing from the lines on his neck and flippers. They briefed the commanding officer and went to work, carefully cutting the lines wrapped around the sea turtle and then eventually freeing him.

"The boat crew recovered over 75-feet of line to prevent further entanglement of sea life and returned to the law enforcement mission recovering over 1,800 pounds of cocaine valued at over $53 million dollars from international waters."

Naturally people started joking about the shock discovery:

However, others thought it was a horrible sign of the times:

The turtle was found amid a 68-day counter drug patrol, which they believe has intercepted drugs with a street value of over $135 million; plus a turtle.

Source: Metro; CNN

Featured Image Credit: US Coast Guard

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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