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Two South Carolina fishermen left on a typical Sunday fishing trip in search of a nice catch. As they hoped, the two men caught a few nice-sized fish, as well as a little something extra.
The men, who have remained anonymous, were fishing 70 miles off the coast of Charleston when they stumbled upon a strange sight. As one of the men told WCSC 5 News, they noticed a bunch of debris floating in the water that was surrounded by a school of mahi-mahi
“We trolled past it,” he said. “Every time time we passed it we caught a fish.”
After catching a few fish, the men thought the situation was strange enough to warrant an investigation. The two managed to pull the unknown debris onto their boat, and were shocked by their discovery.
It turns out that for the past three hours, the men had been fishing around 30-50 kilos of cocaine.
After peeking inside the package containing the drugs, the men immediately called the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard responded quickly, and had some North Charleston Police officers meet the fishermen at a marina to examine their discovery.
It was there that the police estimated the size of the fishermen’s unexpected haul. WCSC 5 News also reports that Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Phillip VanderWeit estimates the street value of the contents range between $750,000-$1 million.
“It definitely doesn’t happen off the Charleston coast every day,” VanderWeit said about the fishermen’s catch. We wouldn’t think so!
The fishermen were praised for doing the right thing and notifying the Coast Guard about their discovery. Now an investigation will take place to determine where the cocaine came from.
You can learn more about the fishermen’s surprising discovery by watching the news report below. This is one fishing trip they’ll never forget, that’s for sure!