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The Coast Guard and agents from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized more than $300,000 worth of marijuana floating in the water or washed up on Florida beaches during 15 separate events between September and October 2016.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of marijuana is floating off Florida's coast and are being washed up onto its beaches, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

"There has been a significant spike in drugs washing up on shore," said Todd Bryant, the division chief for CBP in Miami. He said the increase might reflect a "shift in smuggling methods" by those who traffic in illegal drugs.

CBP said between Sept. 15-Oct. 12, almost 400 pounds of marijuana worth more than $300,000 were found in several places on Florida's coast.

Regardless of how it got there, CBP warned people Monday that anyone who finds suspicious packages on the beach should call law enforcement right away, and should not take possession of them.

"If you are out on a boat or on the beach and you see a suspicious package, call local law enforcement immediately," said Bryant. "Attempting to keep the suspicious package can place you in danger, as violent criminal networks will attempt to recover their narcotics."

CBP encouraged people who see suspicious packages, or who might see the smuggling of illegal immigrants, to call 877-772-8146.