Jogger in Galveston finds 55 pounds of cocaine

Authorities say the man was jogging Monday morning when he came across the suspicious package.

August 3, 2011 4:11:42 PM PDT
Beachgoers were shocked to hear what washed ashore on Galveston Island -- more than two dozen bricks of cocaine that had been adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. The drugs were found Monday on Indian Beach on the west side of Galveston. During the week, Indian Beach has only a few people strolling on the sand and swimming in the water. It's a quiet place, and that's why a bag full of $2 million worth of cocaine found there surprises people.

"It's a family beach," said visitor Keith Elliott. "You wouldn't expect that."

Neither, apparently, did a jogger who found a large burlap bag in the sand on Monday. Police say he took it with him, unopened, but then he cut in to it?

"And found the bricks, which obviously, from television, look exactly like they do in real life," said Captain Jeff Heyse with the Galveston Police Department. "He found what he believed to be cocaine, called the police, we went out and investigated, and sure enough, that's exactly what it was."

It may have been a shipment set afloat from smugglers off shore that drifted off course from the pickup point. The bricks are said to have stamps typical of cartel contraband. The DEA will have to decipher that.

It's not the first batch of drugs to wash ashore on the Texas coast, and it won't be the last. But it's still not what some island tourists expect.

"It's kind of alarming," said tourist Keyon Williams. "You know, there's a lot of kids out here. Who's to say a kid won't open that bag and try to taste something in that bag."

Possession of the drugs is expected to be transferred to the DEA.

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