Hurricane Dorian has resulted in mysterious bricks of cocaine washing up on two separate Florida beaches on Tuesday, NBC News reports. A Melbourne police officer was alerted to the presence of "suspicious" items that washed up ashore when they were on patrol at Paradise Beach Park. The officer was greeted with a package on the beach that a Melbourne police spokeswoman said was "wrapped in a way that was consistent with narcotics."
When the package was taken in for testing, it was immediately determined to be cocaine. An investigation as to how it got there exactly and where it originated is underway, but it wasn't the only beach that was hit with the bricks. Just over 20 miles north in Cocoa Beach, police had discovered a duffel bag that washed ashore. Inside of the bag was 15 bricks of cocaine, and it has since been turned over to U.S. Custom and Border Protection.
It is estimated that the value of the duffel bag's contents could be somewhere between $300,000 to $450,000 at $20,000 to $30,000 per kilo. Dorian, which is now a Category 2 hurricane, first hit the east coast of Florida on Tuesday. As a result of the damage the hurricane caused in the Bahamas, where it killed around seven individuals, warnings have been issued for coastal areas across Florida. South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia have also received warnings.