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Hurricane Florence Floods Florida Beaches With Bundles of Marijuana

A 911 call to Volusia County sheriffs on Thursday said it all: "We're at Jungle Hut (Park) and a huge bundle of drugs or something just washed up on the beach and there are people like fighting over it."

Law enforcement along Florida's central coast claim they recovered about 100 pounds of plastic wrapped weed that washed onto area beaches over the past two days. And that's not counting parcels that less upstanding members of the community may have absconded with before officers arrived.

Pot From Heaven

Based on all times and locations the bud bundles were discovered, St. Johns Commander Chuck Mulligan speculated, "these are probably all part of the same shipment. The question is, where did they go into the water?" Given the weather and currents, officials guessed they could've floated from as far south as Puerto Rico. "There's a plethora of possibilities," Mulligan said, regarding how the pot packages got into the water: the shipment could have come from a capsized boat, a missed drug drop from an airplane to a pickup boat, or tossed from transporters being tracked by the Coast Guard.

Marijuana packages were also washing up in Volusia County. "This type of thing occurs a few times a year," Captain Tamra Malphurs said, "and we do not know where it came from."

Finders Keepers?

In case Sunshine State residents needed a reminder, recreational weed remains illegal in the state. And 61-year-old Robert Kelley got pinched trying to purloin one of the ocean-soaked parcels from the Jungle Hut. Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly called Kelley's was "another great example of 'See Something, Say Something' ... thanks to the joint effort of our citizens' watchful eyes and good police work these narcotics are off the streets. To anyone thinking they can take advantage of marijuana washing up on shore I have a warning for you. Is it worth a trip to the Green Roof Inn charged with a felony just for some 'free' weed?"

We'll leave that up to you beachgoers to decide.

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