Alabama beachgoers find over $1 million in cocaine on shore
Alabama beachgoers this week discovered more than $1 million in cocaine that washed up on shore.
Thirty-one kilos of cocaine were found along several miles of a beach in Gulf Shores, Ala., this week, according to Sgt. Jason Woodruff, a public information officer at the Gulf Shores Police Department.
The recovered cocaine has a street value of at least $1.2 million, according to Fox 10 News.
The first package of cocaine was discovered at the beach along West Beach Boulevard during the day on Monday. Between 11 p.m. and midnight that night, 29 more packages were recovered at the beach, according to Woodruff. The next morning, another package washed up on shore.
The department has not discovered any additional packages since Tuesday morning.
The drugs were handed over to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Tuesday morning, according to Woodruff. Investigators said the bundles will undergo subsequent lab tests to see if any other drugs are present.
When asked if authorities know where the drugs came from, Woodruff told The Hill, “Unfortunately, we do not. Almost too many scenarios to even try to speculate.”
“This may happen once every year, but we rarely get many answers,” Woodruff added. He said the department has never discovered an amount of drugs this large.
According to Fox 10 News, visitors were “shocked” when they discovered the drugs that had washed up in front of their condos.
Woodruff said the Gulf Shores Police Department has increased patrols on the beach.
The Hill has reached out to CBP for comment.