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Biologist Counting Turtles Finds These Instead

Bundles of cocaine wash up at Space Force base near Cape Canaveral
By Liz MacGahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2021 2:39 PM CDT

(Newser) – Florida, a place that has long had a reputation for strange goings-on, can add a tale of smugglers, sea turtles, a million dollars in drugs, and Space Force to its collection. A few weeks ago, Angy Chambers, a wildlife manager surveying sea turtle nests near Cape Canaveral found something besides a turtle nest: A bale of something white wrapped in tape and plastic. And then she counted more than a dozen more. She called the Space Force station there, the Guardian reports. In all, there were 24 packages of, yes, cocaine, according to the Brevard County Sheriffs Office.

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Lt. Col. Timothy McCarty said it was “the biggest one that we’ve ever had at Patrick Space Force Base in the entire recorded history,” News Channel 8 in Tampa reports. And that’s probably true, as Space Force was only founded in December 2019. Authorities speculated that the bales of cocaine were dumped off a smuggler’s boat, which is a fairly common thing in that area. They estimate the drugs could have sold for $1.2 million. (Read more Space Force stories.)

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