Nearly 50 pounds of cocaine washes up onto Florida beach

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Authorities have found nearly 50 pounds of cocaine that washed up on a central Florida beach.

A woman saw the cocaine wrapped in a package as she was walking along the beach in Melbourne Friday, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said.

The package was found near where a sailboat washed ashore during Hurricane Irma.

“You would think that South Florida would get the cocaine washing up—not middle, or central Florida. It’s a surprise,” Richard Threlfall, who was visiting the beach, told WFTV.

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The special investigations unit with the sheriff's office seized the cocaine.

Investigators said there were no other reports of cocaine washing ashore.

Melbourne Beach resident Heather Pepe-Dillon told WFTV the cocaine package could have come from just about anywhere.

“You could put together any story, but none of them are good,” she said.