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1,800 Pounds of Cocaine Found

October 19, 1997

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ 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 were found 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.

``We’re looking into the guy, the dope that was found around him and some dope that was found in Palm Beach that we think might be related,″ U.S. Customs Service spokesman Michael Sheehan said.

Martinez, who wasn’t immediately charged with any crime, required medical care after his lengthy exposure to the elements.

``He was taken to a hospital,″ Sheehan said. ``He was somewhat incoherent.″

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