Huge cocaine stash worth more than £1m stumbled upon by snorkeller off US coast

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A snorkeller stumbled across a huge stash of cocaine worth more than £1million floating off the coast of the United States.

The stunned person discovered the large sum of Class A drugs while swimming in the Florida Keys, accidentally finding 68lbs of cocaine.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said they had been in the water near Craig Key when they noticed a large black bundle wrapped in tape floating around.

The illicit drugs were then handed over to the US Border Patrol, which turned out to be a bag containing 25 bricks of cocaine.

They were valued at a whopping $1.5million (£1.08million).

A tweet from Chief Patrol Agent Thomas G. Martin said: "On Wednesday, a Good Samaritan discovered 68lbs of cocaine valued at over 1.5 million dollars floating in the #FloridaKeys.

"The individual noticed a large black bundle wrapped in tape & contacted local authorities. The bag contained 25 bricks of cocaine."

So far, the origin of the huge drugs haul is not yet known.

Last month police in the UK seized 2.3 tonnes of cocaine, estimated to be worth around a staggering £184million, which smugglers attempted to bring into the country in a banana shipment from Colombia.

The haul is believed to be the largest ever in the UK after it was uncovered in a joint investigation between the Metropolitan Police and the National Crime Agency (NCA).

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Armed police raided an industrial estate in Tottenham, north London, on February 18 to find the huge stash. They arrested 10 men aged between 21 and 56.

John Coles, of the NCA, said: "Illegal drugs are a corrosive threat and those who deal in cocaine are often violent and exploitative.

"Cocaine supply is directly linked to the use of firearms, knife crime and the exploitation of young and vulnerable people.

"We work closely with domestic and international partners to target those at the top of the chain and ensure that transnational drug networks are met with a global response.

"Border Force is a key partner and were vital in preventing these drugs from being successfully trafficked into the country."

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