Chris Criche’s morning run on Daytona Beach took a strange turn Tuesday when he stumbled upon a kilo of cocaine in the wet sand.
The 31-year-old Army veteran runs on the beach every day, but he said he’d never seen anything like the package he found in the surf at 6:45 a.m.
“The package appeared to be covered with barnacles, but what caught my attention was the word ‘Porsche’ written on it,” Criche said.
He started opening the package thinking he might find something telling him he had won a Porsche. But when he ripped some cellophane and rubbery layers he got a different kind of surprise — all over him.
“The wind blew and cocaine popped out of it,” Criche said. “It was about a kilo.”
Criche said he panicked because he had cocaine all over his clothes, but he called 9-1-1 anyway.
“I was running on the beach and I found probably a kilo of cocaine,” Criche told a dispatcher. “It’s definitely cocaine.”
Criche told the dispatcher he opened it because he didn’t know what it was.
Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue Capt. Andrew Etheridge said the package was turned over to the sheriff’s office
Criche said this run was one to remember: “It was just a wild thing.”