Packages of marijuana are washing up on the shores of one Florida community, prompting arrests and warnings from police.
Authorities in Flagler County, near Daytona Beach, have arrested one man for taking some of the so-called pot “bricks” and are searching for a woman accused of doing the same.
“To anyone thinking they can take advantage of marijuana washing up on shore, I have a warning for you: Is it worth a trip to the Green Roof Inn charged with a felony just for some ‘free’ weed?” Sheriff Rick Staly told WJXT-TV.
Police on Thursday arrested 61-year-old Robert Kelley for allegedly taking 11 pounds of pot he found on the beach. The marijuana was packaged in the form of bricks and wrapped in plastic.
Kelley initially told officers that he was keeping the marijuana in his car for law enforcement, but he couldn’t explain why he hadn’t alerted officers to the drugs.
Investigators also are searching for a woman who is believed to have taken multiple bricks. The blonde woman (pictured) is tattooed and was wearing a yellow bikini top with black bottoms. A picture taken showed the woman with her hands inside a package of marijuana.
At least 100 pounds of pot have washed up on the shores of Flagler County beaches since Wednesday, and additional deposits have been found in nearby communities.
In a radio program on Friday, Staly said it’s not clear where the marijuana came from but it’s possible that Tropical Storm Florence played a role. A vessel used by smugglers could have capsized or drug dealers may have dumped the contraband if authorities were following them, according to a transcript of Staly’s statements posted on the website FlaglerLive.com.
The matter has been referred to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, which is investigating.
[Feature Photo: Flagler County Sheriff’s Office]