770 Pounds of Marijuana Worth Nearly $2M Seized From Storage Facility

Central Florida law enforcement officers recently seized 770 pounds of marijuana from a storage facility, officials said in a viral social media post. According to sheriff's deputies, the stash is worth nearly $2 million.

"If you happened to have lost or misplaced approximately 770 pounds of high grade marijuana and would like to have your property returned, please contact our Narcotics Agents and we will be more than happy to reunite you with your lost property," said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey in a Facebook on Wednesday.

The post — which is written like a "Lost and Found" ad — has already garnered 29,000 reactions and 11,000 comments.

"All of us at one point or another in our lives have lost or misplaced something important and are always hopeful that a good and kind person will find our lost item and do the right thing by returning it to it's [sic] rightful owner," Ivey added.

The sheriff explained that the marijuana was found in a "mini-storage facility" in Viera, Florida. He did not explain how his office received the tip.

Newsweek reached out to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office for more information but did not hear back in time for publication.

Ivey said that once the owner is identified, deputies will ensure that "[they] and [their] property are kept in a secure area so that no one can try to rip [them] off."

In the state of Florida, recreational use of marijuana is illegal. According to the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), possession of 20 or more grams is a felony punishable by either a maximum five-year prison sentence or a maximum fine of $5,000. Of course, selling marijuana is also illegal.

Medical marijuana, however, is permitted. Florida statute 381.986 states that those suffering from conditions such as cancer, Crohn's disease or epilepsy may register for a medical marijuana card.

Ivey's post was met with mixed reactions. Some applauded the team's work.

"Job well done, Sheriff Ivey and his team," said one supporter.

"Lol love this, way to go," said another. "Keeping Brevard safe, we appreciate you all!!!!"

"Wow that was funny," exclaimed a third. "Great job."

Others, however, expressed their belief that there were bigger problems that needed addressing.

"It's a shame that the state and county law enforcement agencies are still focusing on cannabis. It's now classified as a medicine in our state and it's just wasting funds and man power," commented one critic.

"I didn't realize Marijuana was a narcotic, it's a plant that grows naturally. Get the meth and crack off the streets," added another.

police tape
Central Florida law enforcement officers recently seized 770 pounds of marijuana from a storage facility, officials said in a viral social media post. aijohn784/iStock