Cocaine bricks wash ashore at two Keys state parks

Florida Keys law enforcement is investigating two separate instances of cocaine washing up in Monroe County state parks last week.

Key West police were called to Fort Zachary State Park around 8 a.m. Thursday to find about 20 foot-long bricks of cocaine that had washed up on the beach and been collected by park staff.

The next morning, 67 miles away at Long Key State Park, a visitor alerted rangers to another load of bricks washed up on the beach and weighing about 20 pounds, according to reports.

Key West resident Peter Bamberger spends almost every morning at Fort Zach, and last Thursday was no exception.

"There were cops everywhere, searching up and down the beach," he said. "And the Coast Guard was out in the water looking around."

Bamberger saw a man searching the beach and speaking with park employees, which was brought to the attention of police. Key West Police Officer Nicholas Revoredo heard from park staff that the man, Loren Ilvedson, told them "he had lost his handheld VHF radio" while sailing the previous afternoon.

Revoredo questioned Ilvedson, then turned him over to detectives, who in turn handed off the cocaine and Ilvedson's information to agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

At Long Key, park officials turned the cocaine over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which in turn called in U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

No arrests have been made in either case.

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