Marijuana washes ashore on Fort Lauderdale Beach
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Fort Lauderdale Police and the U.S. Coast Guard are investigating the discovery of several bales of marijuana and a vessel that washed ashore along Fort Lauderdale Beach Monday morning.
"This whole beach here was covered with all cardboard bales ... up and down the beach," said Glenn Tatem, who lives near the scene and saw the bales during a morning walk on the beach.
Police made the discovery just before 6 a.m., south of Oakland Park Boulevard. A blue barrel was also found nearby. "That barrel there, I guess that's what they used for fuel," said Tatem.
"It just appears to be a vessel that washed ashore with narcotics on it, and at this time, we do not know if or how many people were on that vessel when it arrived," said Fort Lauderdale Police Detective DeAnna Greenlaw.
A woman who lives nearby said her kids were getting ready for school when authorities arrived on scene. "It is alarming, because they were getting ready to go to school," she said. "I didn't know that they didn't capture them yet [the subjects], so now I'll go back and lock the house up."
Authorities are still trying figure out who was on the boat. Police said it appears the boat was registered out of Grand Bahama, but they don't know if it came from there.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers interviewed a man at the scene and took him into custody. It is unknown if he is connected to the boat or the bales.
The investigation continues.
If you have any information on this drug discovery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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