From a historical standpoint, drug cartels have typically displayed a preference to smuggle drugs into the U.S. through Florida instead of the two states that border Mexico because the route is considered less risky.
Well-ran criminal organizations have also been known to track their most essential shipments with GPS devices so that they don’t get lost in the vastness of the ocean, but despite their best efforts, valuable shipments are lost from time to time. Over the weekend, three different shipments of cocaine washed ashore in the Florida Keys without any sign of an occupant. According to reports, the packages weighed a combined total of 126 pounds, which is worth about $2 million on the street. The narcotics were recovered by local authorities before being handed over to Border Patrol.
The first package, weighing in at 71.6 pounds, was recovered on Friday in the mangroves by the Ocean Pointe Condominiums in the Upper Keys community of Tavernier.
“The large package contained multiple smaller packages tightly packed with black tape,” said the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Linhardt said. “Its contents field-tested positive for cocaine.”
On the days that followed, the remaining packages washed up in the Duck Key in the Middle Keys and the Cudjoe Key in the Lower Keys.