Meredith Cline said she’s found lots of things floating in the canal behind her Florida Keys house over the 26 years she’s lived there.
Her home is on South Exuma Road in north Key Largo, which backs up to the Atlantic Ocean. The next major tract of land to the east is about 160 miles in the Bahamas.
“I’ve seen manatees. I’ve seen dolphin,” Cline, 63, said Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve even seen Cuban migrants. I’ve never seen this.”
Cline and a man who helps her with yard work spotted an object about 8 by 10 inches resting in roots of the mangroves around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The man retrieved it and it appeared to be a package of marijuana.
“I said, ‘Is that what I think it is?’ ” Cline said. “ ’That looks like what I’ve seen on TV.’ ”
They called the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Casey Matthews went to the house, cut open the package and said it appeared to be marijuana, said Adam Linhardt, spokesman with the sheriff’s office.
Matthews called the U.S. Border Patrol, and an agent took possession of the package, Linhardt said.
“Federal agents will determine its contents and its weight,” he said. “The sheriff’s office had no further involvement.”