Caribbean Smuggling Routes are Still Active, and 400 Pounds of Marijuana Floating in the Florida Keys are Proof

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In less than 30 days between September and October this year, Customs and Border Protection agents and the US Coast Guard recovered nearly 400 pounds of marijuana floating in the waters off the Florida Keys and eastern Florida.

The drugs, collected in 15 separate incidents, were found floating at sea and washed up on shore. The street value of the total haul was estimated to be $306,400, the CBP said in a release.

The drug seizures over the last several weeks appear to be part of an upswing in such incidents.

According to the CBP, during Fiscal Year 2015, which ran October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, there were 49 such seizures. During the following Fiscal Year, which ended September 30, those type of seizures nearly doubled, hitting 95.

“There has been a significant spike in drugs washing up on shore,” US Border Patrol Miami Sector division chief, Todd Bryant, said in a release. “This is at least partially attributable to improved partnerships across the state but potentially also to a shift in smuggling methods.”

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