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Family finds $600,000 worth of cocaine floating near a South Carolina beach - WFTW-AM

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Family finds $600,000 worth of cocaine floating near a South Carolina beach

A family on vacation in South Carolina found more than just seashells and crabs while strolling along the beach.

Justus Holland and his family were enjoying Fripp Island's beach on October 6 when they came across a "large, dark object" floating in the water, police said. It weighed 44 pounds.

The family dragged the package out of the water, loaded it on their golf cart and took it back to their vacation house, Major Bob Bromage of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office told CNN.

Holland then opened the package, revealing 20 wrapped bricks. He unraveled one of the bricks and cut through it with a knife. When he pulled it out, he observed a "white substance on the blade," a police report said.

Realizing that it could be an illegal substance, Holland called law enforcement.

When police arrived, they used a test kit to confirm their suspicions. The white powder was cocaine.

Bromage said the package was likely pushed ashore by Hurricane Dorian.

"This is a very infrequent occurrence," Bromage said. "This happened maybe a handful of times in the past decade."

Officials with the Sheriff's Office estimate the street value of the drugs to be around $600,000, reported CNN affiliate WCSC.

CNN reached out to Holland for comment but he did not reply.

Although the family "did the right thing" by calling police, Bromage said anyone who finds a suspicious package should report it immediately.

"I'm not going to criticize what they did," said Bromage. "But we encourage people who find packages like this to call us first and let us investigate. There could have been any number of things in that bag that could have been dangerous."

Investigators are still trying to determine the source of the package.

"The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and the DEA are investigating and attempting to establish the cocaine's origin and intended destination," Bromage said.

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prohibitionist hits:0 government drug warrior (prohibition_agency) hits:8 propaganda (drugwar_propaganda) hits:7 legalization hits:0 drug_reformer hits:0 reform_referenda hits:0 cannabis hits:0 stimulant hits:4 narcotic hits:0 hallucinogen hits:0
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    reform_referenda     cannabis     stimulant     narcotic     hallucinogen

incarceration/prison mentioned? yes .

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explicit prohibition propaganda (explicit_propaganda) hits:0 hated group (propaganda_theme1) hits:2 madness, violence, illness (propaganda_theme2) hits:4 survival of society (propaganda_theme3) hits:1 gateway, use is abuse (propaganda_theme4) hits:0 children (propaganda_theme5) hits:0 demonize, war, epidemic (propaganda_theme6) hits:0 total prohibition (propaganda_theme7) hits:0 dissent opposed (propaganda_theme8) hits:0
EXP - explicit prohibition propaganda (explicit_propaganda) GRP - hated group (propaganda_theme1) MAD - madness, violence, illness (propaganda_theme2)
SOC - survival of society (propaganda_theme3) USE - gateway, use is abuse (propaganda_theme4) KID - children (propaganda_theme5)
WAR - demonize, war, epidemic (propaganda_theme6) TOT - total prohibition (propaganda_theme7) DIS - dissent opposed (propaganda_theme8)

 drug of abuse implied / mentioned

drug related
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prohibition agency illegal drugs  
drugwar_propaganda : a drug war propaganda event, campaign release, slogan, or themepropaganda

drugwar propaganda 66%
[news] [concept]

propaganda theme1 propaganda theme2 propaganda theme3 Why Are Americans So Easy to Manipulate? (Bruce E Levine, 2012)
Classic Modern Drug Propaganda
Themes in Chemical Prohibition
Drug War Propaganda (kindle edition)
propaganda_theme1 : drug war propaganda theme: hated groupshated group

propaganda theme1 60%
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"gang members" "gang"2Hated Groups (propaganda theme 1)
America's Racist Drug laws
Labeling theory
Transfer (propaganda)
propaganda_theme2 : drug war propaganda theme: madness, violence, illness caused by drugsmadness, violence, illness

propaganda theme2 66%
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"dangerous" "abnormal" "fear"4Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2)
Distortion 18: Cannabis and Mental Illness
No, marijuana use doesn't lower your IQ (10/2014)
propaganda_theme3 : drug war propaganda theme: survival of societysurvival of society

propaganda theme3 50%
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"America"1Survival of Society (propaganda theme 3)
The "Nation" as a Device To Create a Psychological Crowd
 drug of abuse

illegal drugs
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 drugs 95%
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various drugs  
 oft-mentioned government prohibitionist

govt prohib other 50%
[news] [concept]

"police chief"1A Drug War Carol, page 18
prohibition_agency : various drug prohibition and propaganda agencies and police; tax-supported entities dependent on continuing prohibitiongovernment drug warrior

prohibition agency 70%
[news] [concept]

"police" "law enforcement" "DEA"8Drug Enforcement Administration
The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal
 psychoactive chemical

[news] [concept]

 euphoric stimulant
[news] [concept]
[news] [concept]
cocaine : cocaine; any formcocaine
[news] [concept]
 various drugs 95%
[news] [concept]
 local police logs

police related news 70%
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"police report" "police"
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
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Understanding the U.S. Torture State
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Torture and the United States and... drugs.htm
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Sing a Little Louder
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Push Back Against Drug War Profiteering with Jury Nullification
 aggrandizing government

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