Family finds 20 kilos of cocaine on Lowcountry beach
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BARGAINED FOR WHILE VISITING A BEAUFORT COUNTY BEACH. THEY STUMBLED UPON HUNDREDS- OF-THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF ILLEGAL DRUGS. NEWS 3’S ANDREW DAVIS JOINS US FROM OUR LOWCOUNTRY NEWSROOM WITH THE STORY. INSTEAD OF SEASHELLS- SOME VACATIONERS FOUND BRICKS OF COCAINE– WHILE ENJOYING A DAY AT THE BEACH– ON FRIPP ISLAND. THE FAMILY TOLD THE BEAUFORT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IT ALL STARTED WHEN THEY FISHED A BLACK TRASH BAG OUT OF THE OCEAN. IT WAS ONLY AFTER THEY OPENED ONE OF THE PACKAGES THAT THEY FIGURED OUT…. THERE WAS MORE THAN 40 POUNDS OF COCAINE INSIDE. THE FAMILY IMMEDIATELY CALLED DEPUTIES– AND HANDED OVER THE DRUGS. MAJOR BOB BROMAGE/BEAUFORT COUNTY SHERIFF’S: “WE ADVISE AGAINST PICKING UP SOMETHING LIKE THIS. COCAINE IS VERY DANGEROUS, YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT’S IN THAT BAG. SO THEY SEE SOMETHING SUSPICIOUS THEY SHOULD CALL US AND LET US INVESTIGATE.” “WHATS THE VALUE OF THE COCAINE, THE 20 KILOS OF COCAINE? NOTHING, ITS GOING TO BE DESTROYED.” BROMAGE SAYS THIS IS A VERY RARE OCCASSION NOW. BUT BACK IN THE 1970’S AND 1980’S THE ARE WAS A HOTBED OF DRUG ACTIVITY – INCLUDING ONE TRAFFIC STOP WHICH NETTED 5-THOUSAND POUNDS OF MARIJUANA. DEPUTIES DON’T BELIEVE THERE IS ANY THREAT TO BEAUFORT COUNTY – OR THAT THESE DRUGS ARE FROM THE AREA. ANDREW DAVIS WSAV NEWS 3

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