Dozens of marijuana bundles wash ashore on Florida beaches

(WSVN) - Dozens of bundles of marijuana have washed ashore on several beaches in North Florida, likely due to stronger surf conditions from Hurricane Florence.

The Daytona News-Journal reports the drugs were discovered on the shores of beaches in Volusia, St. Johns and Flagler counties over the past week.

“Whenever we get this big surf, it’s a little more common,” said Capt. Tammy Malfurs of Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue to the paper.

In Flagler County alone, deputies recovered about 100 pounds of marijuana since Tuesday.

Beachgoers in Ormond-by-the-Sea discovered 23 packages of marijuana on Wednesday, turning them over to authorities to be destroyed.

Deputies in Flagler County arrested one man who attempted to take the pot instead of contacting authorities. A witness reported multiple people who she saw attempting to open the packaging to take the drugs.

When deputies arrived, that witness pointed out 61-year-old Robert Kelley, who claimed he was holding onto the drugs until law enforcement arrived.

Upon searching Kelley’s vehicle, deputies found a wet 11-pound brick of marijuana wrapped in a towel. Kelley has been charged with possession of marijuana, and was released on $2,500 bond.

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