Investigation ongoing, 2 in custody after drugs offloaded near Haulover Inlet

Drugs appear to have landed ashore near the Haulover Inlet.

BAL HARBOUR, Fla. – A large haul of drugs were brought ashore by authorities near the Haulover Inlet on Monday.

According to Miami-Dade Police, their officers assisted Bal Harbour police with drugs that came ashore near 200 Bal Bay Drive.

The incident began when a boat was intercepted in the waterway behind a gated community in Bal Habour, with a handful of people aboard the vessel.

Officials said an attempt to hail and stop the vessel led to it attempting to flee the area, eventually pulling into Bal Harbour Marina where the occupants bailed out on foot.

Shortly after 11 a.m., package after package of suspected drugs in white bags appeared on the dock near the Haulover Inlet.

Authorities have since confirmed that it was 36 bales of marijuana that were taken off the vessel.

A witness who was caught off guard by all the activity spoke to Local 10 News.

“We got here, and we were getting ready to dock, waiting for the other group to get here, and police started coming, telling us to get out of the dock,” he says. “We thought it was a typical Labor Day thing, but nah — the emergency kept escalating, and they told everyone to get out of the area. They pulled the boat over, and now it’s just empty.”

Bal Harbour police said a man and a woman were taken into custody but two additional suspects, both men, remain missing.

This is an active law enforcement investigation involving multiple agencies including U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Homeland Security Investigations at 866-347-2423.

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