Former Tampa police chief goes on fishing trip with family, catches 70lbs of cocaine instead
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, who was the police chief for 6 years, was fishing for lobster when she saw a microwave-sized bag packed with $1M worth of cocaine
By Theresa Braine
New York Daily News
TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Mayor Jane Castor was fishing for lobster and mahi-mahi with her family in the Florida Keys when she hauled in an unexpected catch: a microwave-sized bag packed with 70 pounds of cocaine worth $1.1 million.
Castor’s family was headed back to port when her brother spotted some debris, the mayor told WFLA-TV. They edged closer for better fishing, she said, since smaller fish tend to congregate beneath debris for shade.
“The closer we got, I realize that it was a bale of cocaine,” Castor told the outlet.
And she would know. Having been a narcotics officer for eight years in the Tampa Police Department, and the chief for six, she has seen it all.
The package was wrapped in fraying plastic and proved to contain about two dozen tightly wrapped bricks, tastefully adorned with blue and purple butterflies. After dragging it onboard their boat, Castor notified the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. U.S. Border Patrol agents soon swooped in and collected the stash, confirming the contents and the value.
“Over the weekend, Border Patrol agents in the Miami Sector seized 70 pounds of cocaine that was discovered by a recreational boater in the Florida Keys,” Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar said on social media. “The drugs have an estimated street value of approximately $1.1 million dollars.”
Castor has been taking this summer fishing trip for nearly a decade, she told the Tampa Bay Times. This year she was accompanied by her son and his girlfriend, in addition to Castor’s brother. Her usual haul is mahi-mahi and spiny lobster.