October 20, 1997 in Nation/World

Coast Guard Finds Cocaine And Colombian

Associated Press

About 1,800 pounds of cocaine, a Colombian man and debris that could be boat wreckage were found floating in the Atlantic Ocean.

The man, identified as Mario Martinez, was spotted Saturday off the Florida coast, about 25 miles south of where the U.S. Coast Guard earlier had found another 1,687 pounds of cocaine, also baled for shipment.

Martinez told authorities he had been in the water for two days, Coast Guard Petty Officer Scott Carr said.

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