Florida Keys Man Who Snorted White Mystery Powder Died of Cocaine Overdose

Categories: Marijuana
Apparently cocaine is, indeed, a hell of a drug.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the cause of death for 53-year-old Thomas Swindal -- who died after snorting an unknown white powder from a brick he found floating in the Florida Keys -- was a cocaine overdose.

The autopsy results have not come back from the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office, but MCSO Deputy Becky Herrin tells the Pulp that the county's forensic department has informed the sheriff's office that a cocaine overdose caused Swindal's death.

Swindal was fishing with his brother off the shore of Marathon last week 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, 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 the South Miami Hospital and died the next day, police say.

At the time of his death, the cops said they believed the powder was cocaine, although many observers to the story suggested it was heroin.

Herrin says the sheriff's office is still waiting for the complete autopsy report.

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another one for the Darwin file! Hey look there's a strange brick just floating in the water. What should we do with it? hey lets snort it!

one less guy at the bait and tackle shop...


would have def. tried that sh*t  He should have taken it a little bit easier though


You are a stupid idiot if you snort this stuff in the first place. Not knowing what it was and still snorting it ratchets it up a few notches.


idiot i would've at least googled how to tell if it's cocaine lol

Chuck Livid
Chuck Livid

Wanna see Miami's hipster problem solved? Send them fishing in Monroe county. Just sayin'. 

Bubba The Wise
Bubba The Wise

The good news is that he is not a stupid idiot any longer.

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