A typical morning stroll on the beach took a frightening turn before reaching the point of amusement for one Daytona Beach resident.
Routinely picking up garbage from the sand, Jeff Stolowitz, 52, started to unwrap what looked like a giant joint covered in barnacles. “I honestly had no idea what it was. If I had known it was weed, we probably wouldn’t be here right now talking,” he said, laughing. While inspecting it, he thought that the red-colored end may actually be blood, and decided to dial 9-1-1 to notify local authorities.
“That’s when I thought I should back up and not touch anything,”
Stolowitz told the Orlando Sentinal.
“It was a little scary.”
Authorities inspecting the marijuana package on the beach. (Jeff Stolowitz photo)
Adding an estimated five or more pounds of water weight and barnacles to this approximately five pound bundle of marijuana brought this giant joint to an estimated weight of 10 pounds. Volusia County Beach Safety Captain Mike Berard estimated that the special package could have been in the ocean for up to two weeks based on the number of barnacles attached.
Bizarre items washing up on the beach actually isn’t unusual according to Berard. “This actually happens more than you think,” he said. “Whenever we get these big surfs, all types of stuff washes up on shore.”
Photo credit: Jeff Stolowitz