Over 30 kilograms of cocaine in 24 separate packages -- worth
approximately $1.2 million -- were discovered washed ashore during a
turtle nesting survey at a Cape Canaveral Space Force station last
The strange incident occurred last month on May 19, when
wildlife manager at the 45th Civil Engineer Squadron, Angy Chambers, was
patrolling the beach while performing a sea turtle nesting survey when
she said she noticed a small package wrapped very tightly in plastic and
tape, according to a statement from the U.S. Space Force.
Thinking it could be drugs, Chambers said she immediately contacted the 45th Security Forces Squadron.
"While I was waiting for them to arrive, I drove a little further and
noticed another package, and then another,” said Chambers in the statement
released by the U.S. Space Force. “At that point, I called SFS back and
suggested they bring their UTV, or Utility Terrain Vehicle, as I
counted at least 18 packages."
It wasn’t long before Joseph Parker, 45th SFS flight sergeant and on
scene commander at the incident, arrived and came to the same conclusion
as Chambers and began the search and closure protocol on all the
beaches near to where the packages washed up.
In total, Chambers and Parker ended up finding 24 packages which, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office , have an estimated value of approximately $1.2 million.
"After securing the scene and collecting the contraband, a Brevard
County Sheriff's Office narcotics agent performed a field test on one of
the packages and verified that it was cocaine," said Parker.
The 24 packages of cocaine were subsequently transported to a secure
location and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations who are
trying to trying to identify the origin of the cocaine, which is still
under investigation, according to the U.S. Space Force .
David Castro, the HSI special agent who responded to collect the drugs,
said that the packages of drugs were examined for any unique markings
and possible identifiers and the evidence collected was given to the El
Paso Intelligence Center, who serves as a repository for information
regarding abandoned drugs discovered within the United States.
“As for where the drugs came from, Castro said oftentimes maritime drug
traffickers will transport bulk shipments of controlled substances in
bales consisting of 25 ‘bricks,’ or kilograms of drugs,” Castro was
cited as saying in the statement
issued by the U.S. Space Force. “He said sometimes the bale wrapping is
destroyed during transit causing bricks to be lost at sea and
eventually recovered on the coastline of the United States.”
Parker said he is thankful to Chambers for her vigilance and for being so responsible in her reporting of the incident.
"We take pride in protecting our base and the surrounding community,"
said Parker. "There is also a higher level of job satisfaction knowing
that these drugs will not make it into our community."
Comments: That just may be part of the packs of cocaine that washed up on the Matagorda,Tx., Beaches some weeks ago.