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Deep Sea Surprise: Divers Cleaning Up Trash in Florida Keys Discover 25 Packages of Cocaine

Divers in Florida Find 25 Packages of Cocaine While Cleaning Up Trash
Source: Monroe County Sheriff's Office

The packages were labeled "Nike SB" with the shoe brand's iconic swoosh logo.

Jun. 7 2024, Published 1:01 p.m. ET

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Divers in the Florida Keys were cleaning up what they believed to be trash on the ocean floor when they found 25 packages of suspected cocaine, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the Rainbow Reef Dive Center in Key Largo at around 12:25 p.m. on June 5 after divers reported discovering the packages of drugs.

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According to the sheriff's office, the packages were found in about 100 feet of water.

A photo shared by the sheriff's office shows a ripped open trash bag alongside individually wrapped packages labeled "Nike SB" with the shoe brand's iconic swoosh logo.

The 25 packages, each weighing one kilogram, or about 2.2 pounds, contained suspected cocaine.

The sheriff's office said they turned the packages over to the U.S. Border Patrol.

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The Rainbow Reef Dive Center regularly hosts ocean cleanup events with local divers, with another Dive Against Debris event scheduled soon in celebration of World Ocean Day.


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