Homestead woman finds bales of pot at Biscayne National Park

 
 
Maria Mitchell and her 5-year-old German shepherd Lillie with the bales of marijuana found at Biscayne National Park.
Maria Mitchell and her 5-year-old German shepherd Lillie with the bales of marijuana found at Biscayne National Park.
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Maria Mitchell was enjoying the morning at Biscayne National Park with her dog Thursday when she came across a curious bundle on the edge of the water.

“I found this open bag. I thought it was a dead animal,’’ said Mitchell, 55, who lives in Homestead. “But then I saw it had green stuff in it and I realized, ‘Oh my God, this is weed.’ ”

Turns out it was two large bales of marijuana that had made it to shore. Mitchell placed the wet bundles into bags and turned them over to park rangers.

According to a 10:58 a.m. post on the Biscayne National Park’s Facebook Page: “You never know what you might see on a walk in the park. Sometimes, it might be a rare butterfly, fish or bird. Maybe it’s a manatee and her baby frolicking in the harbor. About an hour ago, one of our park visitors walking her dog found two heavy bales of ... something green, leafy and water-soaked! The incident is under investigation, but on this ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day,’ it is interesting to note that some of the ‘traditional’ uses of the park like smuggling are still happening. Special thanks to our regular visitors for always watching out for THEIR park!”

The post got 20 likes within three hours and at least one saucy remark: “If it wasn’t water-soaked you wouldn’t be hearing this story...lol.”

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