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Fisherman Dies After Sampling Possible Brick of Cocaine Found Floating in Keys
NBC Miami ^ | Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 | Janie Campbell

Posted on 08/02/2011 8:23:48 PM PDT by perfect stranger

A Merrit Island fisherman died in a South Miami hospital on Thursday after sampling what may have been a brick of cocaine he found floating offshore in the Keys, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Thomas Swindal, 53, was fishing with his brother near Marathon on Wednesday when they came across what appeared to be a kilo of cocaine floating in the water.

The pair discussed what to do with it, Kenneth Swindal told authorities, and shortly stored it in the bait well of their boat and resumed fishing.

Minutes later, Kenneth Swindal said, he saw his brother open the package and sample the contents.

Thomas Swindal began acting strangely about 90 minutes later, according to his brother, running around the boat and tossing vital equipment overboard including a VHF radio and cell phone.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcmiami.com ...


TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cocaine; floriduh; swindal
Drugs are bad, OK?
1 posted on 08/02/2011 8:23:57 PM PDT by perfect stranger
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To: perfect stranger

Cocaine, it’s a helluva drug—Rick James.


2 posted on 08/02/2011 8:30:18 PM PDT by Patrick1 ("The problem with Internet quotations is that many are not genuine." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: perfect stranger

Note to self: Don’t sample anything found floating in the sea.


3 posted on 08/02/2011 8:31:06 PM PDT by Azzurri
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To: perfect stranger

I relay on my personal physician when dealing with pure, pharmaceutical quality stuff.


4 posted on 08/02/2011 8:32:25 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Azzurri

What if it’s a fish?


5 posted on 08/02/2011 8:37:42 PM PDT by Krankor (I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in.)
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To: perfect stranger
running around the boat and tossing vital equipment overboard including a VHF radio and cell phone

Mighty convenient especially if you're out to bump off someone.

6 posted on 08/02/2011 8:39:55 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Krankor
What if it’s a fish?

Well, if it's floating it's probably dead already and had some funky disease.

7 posted on 08/02/2011 8:45:29 PM PDT by Azzurri
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To: perfect stranger

Stuff was probably 100 times the strength of the final street product.


8 posted on 08/02/2011 8:49:57 PM PDT by right way right (Who that at my door?)
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To: bgill

Mighty convenient especially if you’re out to bump off someone.-——————————

my thoughts as well.


9 posted on 08/02/2011 8:54:24 PM PDT by 23 Everest ( 831 Bonnie. I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy.)
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To: bgill
Mighty convenient especially if you're out to bump off someone.

This is Florida. There has to be a much stranger twist that no one in their right mind would ever imagine.

10 posted on 08/02/2011 8:58:49 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: right way right

90 minutes later? Don’t sound right.


11 posted on 08/02/2011 9:01:29 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Orange1998

LOL, The guy snorted powder!

Could have been anything.


12 posted on 08/02/2011 9:05:44 PM PDT by right way right (Who that at my door?)
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To: perfect stranger

When you turn something you found into the cops and nobody claims it you get to keep it after 90 days right?


13 posted on 08/02/2011 9:06:03 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: right way right

Do not snort chit that you find floating in the ocean.


14 posted on 08/02/2011 9:22:43 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: right way right

Could be OXYCLEAN. That is some powerful stuff. Bill Mayes RIP.


15 posted on 08/02/2011 9:36:41 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: perfect stranger

Wow man! That’s some Killer stuff, dude!


16 posted on 08/02/2011 9:36:44 PM PDT by Bullish (Recovery won't begin until Obama loses HIS job.)
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To: Orange1998

I was thinking the same thing. 90 mins for a reaction off of uncut stuff? Not happening, even if he was a hard core user.

This is a fishy fish story.


17 posted on 08/02/2011 10:02:01 PM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: Azzurri

“Note to self: Don’t sample anything found floating in the sea.”

My retired cop buddy laughs every time he sees a TV cop taste test a bag of suspected drugs to identify it. How does he know it isn’t cyanide or anthrax?


18 posted on 08/02/2011 10:02:26 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: perfect stranger

Say hello to my leeetle friend...


19 posted on 08/02/2011 10:13:40 PM PDT by montomike (Politics should be about service and not a lucrative, money-making opportunity!)
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To: Krankor

We call it square grouper. It frequently washes ashore.


20 posted on 08/02/2011 10:29:06 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Salvavida
The floating brick was not recovered.

The evidence disappeared. Toxicology results will be interesting.

21 posted on 08/02/2011 11:10:05 PM PDT by TigersEye (No dark sarcasm in the press room ... Hey!, Barry!, leave them bills alone.)
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To: perfect stranger

very sad

If facts are as reported he is a definite Darwin Award winner — what a flippin’ dumb nut.


22 posted on 08/02/2011 11:16:11 PM PDT by Enchante (Are there any honest politicians in Washington, DC??)
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To: Doomonyou
When you turn something you found into the cops and nobody claims it you get to keep it after 90 days right?

not anymore. there have been a couple articles in the last few months about police in texas confiscating unclaimed cash and putting it in their coffers rather that give it to the person that turned it in.
23 posted on 08/03/2011 5:52:26 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: perfect stranger

you’d think a kilo of drugs would sink.
and 90 minutes? no way. not unless he sampled it multiple times until it finally built to the break point.


24 posted on 08/03/2011 5:57:38 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: perfect stranger


Don't worry, I'll get to the bottom of this!
25 posted on 08/03/2011 6:06:51 AM PDT by marine86297 (I'll never forgive Clinton for Somalia, my blood is on his hands)
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