Endangered turtle caught in $52 million cocaine bust

This poor turtle was found entangled in bundles of cocaine. Naturally, the internet loved it.

Dec 21, 2017, 4:43 pm

Internet Culture

Tiffany Kelly 

Tiffany Kelly

Turtle with line of cocaine on the ground

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An endangered sea turtle was found trapped between more than two dozen floating bundles of cocaine off the Florida coast by the U.S. Coast Guard last month, and a video of the discovery has gone viral.

The story is, of course, sad because it’s yet another example of a human-caused wildlife injury. The turtle had “significant chaffing” on its neck and flippers from the rope that held the drug bundles together, which in total were valued at more than $53 million. Many people saw it as yet another terrible news report from the year 2017.


But, wait, what if the turtle was actually the drug dealer?

People worried about the fate of the turtle and its family.

The incident also set up Franklin the Turtle jokes…

…and plenty of turtle-on-cocaine jokes.

The story has a happy ending: The turtle was set free. (No charges.)

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*First Published: Dec 21, 2017, 4:43 pm