Tampa Mayor Reels in Whopping $1.1 Million in Cocaine During Family Fishing Trip

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor was planning to catch some mahi-mahi in the Florida Keys this summer, but what she and her family reeled in required a call to law enforcement. Castor and her family were out on the water celebrating her son’s birthday when they reportedly spotted a shady piece of debris floating in the water. Their big catch? Over $1.1 million worth of cocaine.

“Thought it was shade as opposed to something shady, right?” Castor told FOX 13 News about the catch, which happened last month.

Castor is a former Tampa police chief. She spent several years working narcotics during her law enforcement career. According to her, figuring out what the debris was didn’t take long.

“Closer we got, I was like, ‘Oh, that would be a bail of cocaine,'” she told the outlet.

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After Castor reassured her family that they were not in danger, the group called the police to retrieve the large package.

“My family was a little worried, like what if there was a tracker [on it] or something like that? I said, ‘Well, the batteries are dead if that happened,'” Castor said in the FOX 13 report.

The package was heavy enough that it required a gaff to be lifted onto the boat. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol discovered 25 individual bricks of cocaine in the package, which weighed around 70 pounds. The estimated street value of the haul was over $1.1 million.

“We appreciate the ongoing support from our boating community. Thanks to the efforts of this Good Samaritan, 70 pounds of cocaine are in federal custody and off our streets. We encourage the community to immediately report suspicious activity to local authorities,” Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Adam Hoffner said.

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The $1.1 million cocaine haul discovered by Mayor Castor and her family / U.S. Border Patrol

Before becoming Tampa Mayor, Castor “spent 31 years with the Tampa Police Department, serving in nearly every capacity and nearly every neighborhood of the city. In October of 2009, Castor became Tampa’s first female Chief of Police, serving for six years in that role,” according to her bio on the city’s website.

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