An off-duty Charlotte County, Florida, deputy is making headlines because of a massive catch from his recent fishing trip. According to the NBC Miami, the deputy, whose name has not been released, caught much more than fish, and his jaw-dropping discovery is reportedly worth millions.
It has been reported that the deputy found a sizable amount of cocaine in the Gulf of Mexico while fishing approximately 25 miles off Englewood Beach. Immediately after the package was identified, the deputy contacted another deputy, who notified the U.S. Border Patrol.
Ralph Allen, owner of King Fisher Fleet in Punta Gorda, recently revealed he was also fishing in the area around the time the deputy discovered the cocaine. Allen admits that the massive potential payout is quite perplexing, but since it was being moved by way of water, its definitely difficult to pinpoint the intended destination, reports Review Journal.
“It could have just as easily been me. Or one our boats,” Allen said. “Anything that floats can get carried forever. You’ve all heard about message in a bottle. Makes it clear across the ocean and shows up years later. Same thing applies to anything that floats.”
Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell estimates that the 25 bricks, which reportedly weigh more than 50 pounds, have an estimated street value of approximately $12 million.
“That amount of cocaine has a current street value of $2.5 million,” Prummell said in a message on Facebook. “Once it’s cut, it can be anywhere between $10 million and $12 million street value.”
“We know cocaine is out there, we know it’s coming in through the waterways but it’s not something we see on a regular basis.”
Information about the cocaine package is unclear. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating in hopes of determining where the package came from and who may be awaiting its arrival. No further details have been released as of yet.
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