Boat With Drugs Found Washed Ashore in Fort Lauderdale

By Bobby Brooks and Brian Hamacher
|  Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013  |  Updated 1:17 AM EDT
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Fort Lauderdale Police are investigating after a boat loaded with drugs washed ashore early Monday. Nearby residents Anita Colello and Kim Mavrookas talked about it.

Fort Lauderdale Police are investigating after a boat loaded with drugs washed ashore early Monday. Nearby residents Anita Colello and Kim Mavrookas talked about it.

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Drug Boat Washes Ashore in Fort Lauderdale

Police are investigating after a boat filled with barrels of marijuana washes ashore in Fort Lauderdale. Residents Anita Colello and Kim Mavrookas comment.

Boat WIth Drugs Washes Ashore in Fort Lauderdale

A boat with drugs on board washed ashore in Fort Lauderdale Monday morning, police said.
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Fort Lauderdale Police are investigating after a boat loaded with drugs washed ashore early Monday.

The 22-foot boat was discovered around 5 a.m. just south of Oakland Park Boulevard after a man who was sleeping in some nearby bushes saw the boat on the beach, police said.

Officers responded and found 11 small barrels of marijuana on the boat, police said. The drugs totalled about 72 pounds and had an estimated street value of about $144,000, police said.

No arrests were made, police said. But a man was taken into custody by federal agents after he walked up to them and said "I'm here illegally. I need help," according to police.

"I can’t believe it, that doesn’t really happen that often over here," resident Anita Colello said of the incident.

Police said they tracked the vessel to a registered owner, but haven't released the name.

Moving the boat off the beach proved difficult, as tow lines snapped.

The incident is still being investigated. Anyone with information is asked to call Fort Lauderdale Police at 954-828-6691.

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