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Family on South Carolina Vacation Pulls 44 Pounds of Cocaine From Ocean

Authorities think the package, worth an estimated $600,000, may have been washed ashore by Hurricane Dorian

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    Undated file photo showing views from the banks of the Combahee River in rural Beaufort County, South Carolina.

    A family visiting South Carolina fished a big package from the ocean, took it to their rental home and opened it up, finding about 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of cocaine.

    Beaufort County Sheriff's Maj. Bob Bromage told news outlets Monday that the family was walking along Fripp Island when they spotted the trash bag-wrapped package floating in the water. They dragged it onto the beach and lugged it to their rental in a golf cart, later slicing it open to discover bricks of white powder. At that point, they figured they'd better call police.

    Authorities assessed the cocaine's value at more than $600,000. Officials are working to determine its origin.

    Bromage said narcotics don't frequently wash up in the county. He thinks Hurricane Dorian may have pushed it ashore.

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