Federal authorities are investigating how two packages of illegal drugs worth more than $1 million washed up on a beach in Alabama last week.
Beachgoers looking for some fun in the sun found more than $1 million worth of marijuana and cocaine that washed up along the shore in Alabama, police said.
A local enjoying a stroll along Orange Beach last Tuesday found a package containing 21 pounds of marijuana and 1 kilo (2.2 pounds) of cocaine, Fox 10 reported.
Two days later, someone else found 38 kilos (84 pounds) of cocaine about a mile away, the report said.
Police put the total street value of the narcotics at more than $1 million.
The packages were all wrapped and had barnacles growing on them, suggesting they had been in the water for some time, Orange Beach police said.
The Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection and the US Coast Guard are now all involved in investigating the origins of the drugs, the station said.
“It’s such a family-friendly beach, you wouldn’t hear of that or think that would happen out here,” beach-goer Nick Rodriguez told the station. “That’s pretty crazy. It’s a lot.”
Another local, Billy Tharpe, told the station that he feared what could happen if the drugs were found by kids.
“There’s a lot of kids out on the beach here right now,” he said. “You don’t want them getting into any of that mess … one of them opens up and you got kids in the water.”