Man Finds Suspicious White Powder in Florida Keys, Decides to Snort It, and Dies

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What big bricks of white powder may look like.
UPDATE: The Monroe County Sheriff's Office tells us Thomas Swindal died of a cocaine overdose.

On the list of things not to do when you discover a mysterious package full of white powder, snorting the substance is probably near the top of the list.

Unfortunately for 53-year-old Thomas Swindal, he did not heed that advice and died last week after he thought he'd just found a floating kilo of blow, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Swindal was fishing with his brother off the shore of Marathon when they found a brick floating in the water they believed to be a package of cocaine, police say.

Swindal's brother told police that Thomas Swindal decided to put the brick on their boat and, when he looked back at his brother a bit later, noticed he had the package open and was snorting it up.

Around 90 minutes later, Swindal began to run around the boat, throwing his cell phone and radio into the water, and then began mangling the engine with random tools to the point that it wouldn't start, according to the cops.

Swindal's brother then threw all the sharp things and the mystery package of powder off the boat before signaling state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers to rescue them.

Swindal was taken to a Miami hospital and died the next day, police say.

The cops say they believe the package could have possibly been cocaine, but they're waiting for autopsy results to come back to find out.

Meanwhile, the sheriff's office ask that you not salvage bricks of powder from the ocean, and it's probably not a good idea to snort it either.


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Mark
Mark

He thought it was powdered sugar and put it on his french toast.But got carried away.The label should have been a warning sign.http://mlfarmer.com

The Judge
The Judge

I wish I could find a brick, or two, I could use the money and the buzz!

Chrismiller626
Chrismiller626

Well even if it was coke it would have killed him anyways. An overdose its an overdose fellas

Stephens
Stephens

The picture of the bricks looks like Martha Stewart packaged them

Jorge Elizalde Bedos
Jorge Elizalde Bedos

Menudo majadero pescando se encuentra un paquete con polvo blanco se lo mete por la nariz y tururu, si es que hay que controlarse

Ruth Graham
Ruth Graham

''& when I turned around, within seconds after he took it out of the water & before he had time to cut it, he was already snorting it''.....oh get the fucking boat.........ahem.

Kim
Kim

"Stupid, dumb, idiot who's desperate seeking intense deadly thrill of a lifetime" Was this his ad somewhere? maybe? Some people.....Sharp like marbles !!!

Nick Pattison
Nick Pattison

Yeah right. Especially if it turns out to be weaponized ricin lol

MatsudaClan
MatsudaClan

surprised he made it to 53........never get high on your own shit

sebsn
sebsn

Who would seriously "just snort" it if he has no idea what it is. Human stupidity is indeed endless.

Bebep
Bebep

He could have tasted it for all we know.

But still... yeah this is a 53 year old man, who probably shouldn't be snorting up a storm of pure coke.

Bob
Bob

Little Toot on the Keys.

Cesar Salgado
Cesar Salgado

They really should have came with a warning label

Mike
Mike

package full of white power.full of white powerwhite powerpowerwhite power

Sammy J
Sammy J

Yes some good advice make sure you cut if first - take it to the local corner and ask for ad vice first

Paleo
Paleo

This dude appears to have had the life expectancy of a housefly. It was just a matter of time.

Rev. B Baker
Rev. B Baker

FYI in the key all they get is pure, this is where the crack cookies for miami are made

Sammy J
Sammy J

I have found them to be a bit salty !

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Whenever I lift coke out of the sea, I try to cut it first before snorting it.

SquareGrouper
SquareGrouper

Not sure I believe they 'found' this blow, instead of 'bought' this blow...

Panicattacks1
Panicattacks1

lol I was thinking the same thing, but then again when you consider where it was "found" it really wouldn't be too surprising that he did in fact find it.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

Someone I know who used to live in the area said people would find bricks of coke and weed floating in the water all the time. Smugglers would dump their load if the CG or police came calling. He said you could always tell when a stash was found because the price of weed would drop like crazy.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

This is a scene right out of Pulp Fiction.

Someone get me a hypodermic full of adrenaline STAT!

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