31 kilos of cocaine wash up on Alabama beach
At least 31 kilograms of cocaine have washed up on a beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama, in the past few days.
Talk with NewsweekGulf Shores Police Department Sergeant Jason Woodruff said the drugs had washed up in an area about five miles from the beach.
According to Woodruff, police were first alerted to the drug stranded by bathers on Monday evening and again on Tuesday.
“They just saw some suspicious packages in the sand, on the waves and we sent officers to recover,” Woodruff said.
Shortly after police were notified, they arrived at the scene and conducted a field test of the packages.
“They tested positive for cocaine,” Woodruff said.
He explained to Newsweek that the cocaine packages appeared to be wrapped in black tape.
“In some of those cases, I think some of these people kind of had a clue that this was something illegal just because of the packaging and the shapes,” Woodruff said.
Although it is not known exactly how much the 31 kilograms of cocaine were worth, Woodruff said Newsweek that estimates from the Gulf Shores Police Department narcotics officers suggest a value of around $ 1 million to $ 1.2 million.
In response to the drugs recovered, the Gulf Shores Police Department increased security on patrols near the beach where the packages were found. The department has also notified its neighbors, including the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and the Orange Beach Police Department.
The Gulf Shores Police Department turned the drugs over to US Customs.
Woodruff said that due to the start of the investigation, police were unable to identify where the drugs came from or how they washed up on shore.
“It starts with more questions than answers and we rarely get answers on these cases,” Woodruff said, according to WALA in Alabama.
He also said Newsweek that while this is not the first time that the Gulf Shores Police Department has recovered drugs that have washed up on shore, “this is the first time such a quantity has washed up in Gulf Shores.”
Woodruff said police have collected cocaine and marijuana from the beach in the past, but that only involved one package.
“Nothing like 31 [kilos]”, he explained.” It was certainly a surprise. “
A beachgoer identified as Chris Laughlin told WALA: “We’re shocked. Yeah. We’re shocked… It’s such a family-friendly place to come. I can’t believe a bunch of cocaine has washed up. “