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By Lisa Cilli

BOYNTON BEACH (CBSMiami) – An abandoned boat in Boynton Beach was actually a drug smuggling boat which was found with some of its illegal cargo still stashed inside the bow.

According to Boynton Beach Police, marine officers Gregg Koch and Darin Hederian were patrolling the Intracoastal waterways when they came across an 18-foot Donzi beached at Harvey J. Oyer Jr., Boat Club Park on Wednesday, Nov. 30th.

Several local fishermen told police that the speed boat had been sitting there for about two hours.

On the boat, police found a gallon of water, a plastic bag filled with bread and an extra fuel drum on board, signs that suggested a possible smuggling venture had just occurred.

A K9 responded and immediately alerted to the forward bow of the boat. Officers located a hidden compartment under the steering wheel. Inside, they found a garbage bag filled with 11 bundles of marijuana. The marijuana weighed about 20 pounds and has a street value of $20,000Officers said it appears that the majority of the smuggled load was already offloaded. These bundles were overlooked and left behind.

No arrests have been made and the boat has no Florida registration or hull number.


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