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 August 31st, 2010  
Marijuana discovered on distressed boat off South A1A, St. Lucie County, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara
A 33-foot motor boat that ran aground in the Atlantic Ocean two miles north of the Martin-St. Lucie county line just before sunrise was loaded with several hundred pounds of marijuana, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"A South Beach resident of a high-rise in the 10000 block of South A1A, St. Lucie County, called 9-1-1 around 6:40 this morning to report a boat in distress just offshore," Sheriff Mascara said. "Deputies got to the scene and found a man walking on A1A near the boat. He said he was from Miami but didn't have identification."

Deputies notified officials of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") and detained the man.

Authorities found an estimated 800 pounds of marijuana on the boat, Sheriff Mascara said. The marijuana was wrapped in five-pound packages.

ICE now has custody of the drugs, which they have removed from the area where they were recovered. ICE agents also have taken custody of the unidentified man.

Federal authorities will recover the boat when conditions permit, Sheriff Mascara said.

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