Broward County

Broward deputy finds $700,000 of cocaine while looking for manatees

A Broward Sheriff’s deputy found a burlap bag with cocaine worth $700,000 while out on manatee protection duty Wednesday morning.

Deputy James Lemieux spotted the bag floating a mile offshore between Dania Beach Pier and the Port Everglades Inlet about 11 a.m., according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Lemieux originally thought it was a trunk because of its rectangular shape but found 25 large bricks of cocaine stuffed inside.

Investigators estimate each brick -- which contained a kilo -- to be worth about $28,000.