MATAGORDA, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Some beachgoers along the Texas coast are being warned not to pick up any suspicious items in the water after several packages of cocaine recently washed ashore.
The Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office says 50 kilos, or 110 pounds, of the drug have washed ashore on Matagorda Beach and Sargent Beach in the past week. Authorities did not name an exact area where the drug was turning up, but Matagorda County is on the Gulf of Mexico in between Corpus Christi and Galveston.READ MORE: Family Battles Scarborough Renaissance Festival And Texas Law Over Sexual Assault On Fairgrounds
Authorities say that once the drug becomes wet, it can leak from the package and absorb onto the skin, possibly making someone sick.READ MORE: Teen Jeremiah Tabb Arrested While In Summer School In Connection To Downtown Austin Shooting
The bundles were processed, photographed and placed in evidence lockers for proper disposal, the sheriff’s office said.MORE NEWS: Heated Debate Over Leadership Positions During New Dallas Council's First Meeting
(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)