Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Marchman Act Blog Local News: Marijuana boat Florida: Boat with half-ton of pot abandoned on St. Lucie County beach - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

HUTCHINSON ISLAND —

On the balcony of her 15th-floor condo early Tuesday morning, Ronda Robbins thought she saw a boat coming closer and closer to shore.

Robbins, 48, got her glasses and after confirming it was a vessel, called the U.S. Coast Guard, thinking the boat may be experiencing engine problems. Waves lapped over the boat. As it got 10 to 12 feet from shore, a man with no shirt or shoes ran away, she said.

As the morning unfolded, St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office and federal officials determined the 33-foot boat, which came ashore about 6:40 a.m. near the 10000 block of South Ocean Drive, contained about 1,100 pounds of neatly packaged marijuana. Read Full Story...

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