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Jorge Bustamante, an underwater photographer, found the block of marijuana while fishing in Pompano Beach.
Bustamante said it was the last item he ever expected to find while out on the ocean.
He reported the find to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Jorge Bustamante has unearthed Cuban rafts and even a message in a bottle while out on the ocean in South Florida.
The last thing he expected to find? A floating brick of marijuana.
The underwater photographer discovered the bobbing block of “sea weed” while fishing in Pompano Beach with his parents on Wednesday.
“Got an early birthday gift from Pablo Escobar,” Bustamante joked on Instagram, adding that he reported the unusual find to the U.S. Coast Guard.
“Found it off [P]ompano floating in the weed line few mahi and a few kingfish this morning but a trip we won’t forget for a long time,” he wrote.
Bustamante’s unlikely find at the Hillsboro Inlet came just a few days before his birthday, he said. The photographer reported the “contraband catch” to a friend – a commander of the Coast Guard Auxiliary – who then had the Coast Guard call Bustamante. Bustamante said he didn’t want it broadcast over the emergency frequency because it wasn’t an emergency.
Before the Coast Guard took possession of the marijuana, Bustamante posed for a picture with the “sea weed” and posted it on Instagram. Since then, the image has gone viral.