Florida Students Find Bale Of Marijuana During Earth Day Cleanup

Trash cleanup events are a common part of global Earth Day celebrations every spring.

For the second year in a row, thousands of Pokémon Go players have even gotten into the ecological spirit of the day, earning in-game rewards for attending and participating in local cleanup events at locations around the world.

In 2018, more than 4,200 participants at 68 Pokémon Go events in 19 countries cleaned up more than 14,000 pounds of trash.

But in the state of Florida, an unsuspecting group of eco-minded high school students recently made a discovery that one would never expect to find while hunting for a Caterpie or a Snorlax.

Last week, students from the Coral Shores High School had taken a trip to the Florida Keys to participate in a post-Earth Day cleanup of the mangroves in Islamorada.

While the group was picking up pieces of trash, they came across a 22-pound bale of marijuana, reports the Miami Herald.

Following the discovery, volunteers contacted the local sheriff’s office, and Border Patrol agents traveled to the location to retrieve the bale.

U.S. Border Patrol Agent in charge of the Florida Keys, Adam Hoffner told the Herald that they continue to encourage community members to report any suspicious packages to local law enforcement agencies immediately.