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Mysterious Packages Washed Ashore At Cape Canaveral Turn Out To Be Cocaine

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Mysterious Packages Washed Ashore At Cape Canaveral Turn Out To Be Cocaine

A potentially cosmic find of more than 20 unidentified floating objects that floated up at Florida's Cape Canaveral space force station turned out to be a different kind of mind blowing discovery - 60lbs worth of cocaine.

According to a report on the Space Force site, the packages must have come from a passing trafficker's boat and were discovered by a wildlife manager who was working on the site at the time surveying turtle nests.

Credit: Space Launch Delta 45
Credit: Space Launch Delta 45

The square packages were tightly bound by plastic wrapping. The wildlife manager in question was Angy Chambers, a wildlife supervisor with the 45th civil engineer squadron whose military station is not far from Nasa's Kennedy Space Center.

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Having discovered them, she alerted base security, who in turn called narcotics field officers from the Brevard sheriff's department.

The deputies turned up and promptly identified the substance as cocaine - worth about $1.2 million (£851,000).

"While I was waiting for them to arrive, I drove a little further and noticed another package, and then another," Chambers said.

"I called back and suggested they bring their utility terrain vehicle as I counted at least 18 packages."

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Joseph Parker, 45th SFS flight sergeant and on-scene commander at the incident, said when he arrived, he suspected the packages contained drugs, and began search and closure protocols on all beaches.

Credit: Space Launch Delta 45
Credit: Space Launch Delta 45

"After securing the scene and collecting the contraband, a Brevard County Sheriff's Office narcotics agent performed a field test on one of the packages and verified that it was cocaine," he said.

"We then documented all 24 packages and placed them in evidence bags."

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They were then transported to a secret location and given to Homeland Security.

Parker said he was thankful to Chambers for her vigilance, and promised that the seized-upon drugs would never reach the streets of America.

"We take pride in protecting our base and the surrounding community," he said.

"There is also a higher level of job satisfaction knowing that these drugs will not make it into our community."

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Drugs washing up on the Florida coast aren't anything new. After all, it's the main route for transporting substances from South America to the United States.

Back in March, a snorkeller stumbled upon a bundle of cocaine worth $1.5m while swimming in the Florida Keys, having spotted something 'floating' in the water.

A tweet at the time from Chief Patrol Agent Thomas G. Martin of US Border patrol said: "On Wednesday, a Good Samaritan discovered 68 lbs. of cocaine valued at over 1.5 million dollars floating in the #FloridaKeys.

"The individual noticed a large black bundle wrapped in tape & contacted local authorities. The bag contained 25 bricks of cocaine."

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Featured Image Credit: Space Launch Delta 45

Simon Catling
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