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More than 280 pounds of cocaine found off Florida Keys

A U.S. Coast Guard crew member cuts into one of six bales of cocaine that were found off the Florida Keys between Saturday, Aug. 3, and Monday, Aug. 5.
A U.S. Coast Guard crew member cuts into one of six bales of cocaine that were found off the Florida Keys between Saturday, Aug. 3, and Monday, Aug. 5.

The U.S. Coast Guard recovered six bales of cocaine found floating off the Florida Keys between Saturday and Monday.

The total weight of the drugs was 284 pounds, or 130 kilograms, with an estimated value of $3.8 million, Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Murray, a Coast Guard spokesman, said Tuesday.

One bale was found Saturday and two Sunday about 10 nautical miles east of Islamorada, Murray said. Three more were found 15 miles east of the Middle Keys city of Marathon on Monday, he said.

Some of the bales were first spotted by boaters who reported their finds to the Coast Guard, Murray said.

Coast Guard Cutter Thetis boat crew members rescue a sea turtle from entanglement in cocaine bales adrift in the Eastern Pacific, Nov. 19, 2017. The rescue was conducted during the cutter crew's 68-day law enforcement patrol.

David Goodhue covers the Florida Keys and South Florida for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald. Before joining the Herald, he covered Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.
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