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400 Pounds of Marijuana Comes Ashore in Jupiter: Report

By SmokeTwibz, Sep 30, 2012 | Updated: Oct 2, 2012 | | |
  1. SmokeTwibz
    About 400 pounds of marijuana worth over a million dollars came ashore in Jupiter this weekend, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

    A fisherman discovered several burlap sacks containing packages of marijuana on the shore on the 3000 block of A1A Saturday morning, the newspaper reported.

    Investigators later found more drugs, and a total of eight sacks containing 75 packages of marijuana were recovered in all, according to police.

    Police continue to investigate, the paper said.

    Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 | Updated 9:50 AM EDT

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  1. SmokeTwibz
    Drugs found on South Florida beaches recalls smuggling heyday

    There are beached bales on South Florida's coastline.

    As in those legendary "square grouper" that washed ashore with casual regularity during the wild and woolly '80s, when cocaine cowboys plied their dangerous but profitable trade by air and sea.

    Since April, 885 pounds of marijuana, worth about $1.5 million, have been cast up on our beaches.

    "Certainly, there's always a chance that stuff is going to wash ashore in the area," said Donald Harris of the Broward Sheriff's Office, commander of the Metro Broward Drug Task Force, a unit made up of federal, state and local police. Drug trafficking is still out there. "Smuggling in go-fast boats, that hasn't changed."
    The contraband can wind up on the beach through several methods, Harris said.

    Traffickers will dump their payload if they're under pursuit by authorities — or think they're being pursued. "They just throw their load overboard," Harris said.

    Sometimes planes intentionally drop loads into the sea to be picked up by boat. If the connection isn't made, the drugs can float ashore. Other times ship-borne smugglers will drop their loads overboard, marked by a buoy, for later pickup by another boat. Again, crossed signals can result in beachcombers stumbling across a memorable find.

    Not all beached bales are reported. Opportunists in the right place at the right time can carry them off.
    "There's always that small minority that if they discover something illegal, they're going to make away with it," Harris said.

    But the illicit washed-up goods may not always be worth the risk. "If it stays in the water too long it's going to be waterlogged," he said. "It's going to be useless."

    There have been three recent cases of washed-up weed:

    On Saturday, a fisherman came upon several burlap sacks of pot in Jupiter. Eight sacks containing 75 packages of marijuana were found, for a total of 400 pounds with an estimated street value of $1 million.

    On Sept. 14 in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, four 15-pound packages of soggy pot were discovered on the beach just north of Commercial Boulevard. Detectives pegged the value at $50,000 to $75,000.

    In April, at the north end of Palm Beach, firefighters uncovered 425 pounds of pot in 74 packages hidden in a boat. Police said it was worth several hundred thousand dollars.

    As gauged by Coast Guard seizures, marijuana trafficking is thriving. The agency seized more than 78,000 pounds of the weed in fiscal year 2012, which ended Sunday. And figures from August and September still aren't in, said Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss of the Guard's Miami district.

    "Marijuana was up this year," he said. "This is the highest amount of seizures we've had since 1997." That year, the Coast Guard tallied 102,000 pounds of pot confiscated.

    The last time pot seizures topped 70,000 pounds was in 2009, Doss said. In fiscal year 2011, for example, the total was slightly more than 39,000 pounds.

    The figures represent marijuana seizures nationwide. However, "Most of the drug seizures do come from our area," Doss said. Cocaine seizures have remained steady, he said.

    Doss said an increase in seizures doesn't necessarily mean an increase in smuggling. More efficient interdiction efforts could also play a role.

    Doss said a high seizure rate may result from better technology, more intelligence-sharing with other countries, and heightened inter-agency coordination since the Coast Guard was folded into the Department of Homeland Security.

    "We've come a long way over the past decade," he said. "We've gotten better boats. We've adapted as the drug smugglers have adapted."

    October 1, 2012
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