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PORT ST. LUCIE - A 44-year old Port St. Lucie man is under arrest, charged with drug smuggling on the waterways of Martin County.

A Customs and Border Patrol aircraft tracked Timothy Dawson's vessel as it entered the St. Lucie Inlet on September 4th.  When the vessel was approximately five miles from the Inlet, the motors shut down for a few minutes.  CBP agents alerted the Martin County Sheriff's Office to this suspicious behavior.

As deputies attempted to board the 1984 Wellcraft center console boat, Dawson threw two weighted dive bags overboard into the Atlantic.  He was arrested on state charges of tampering with evidence and resisting arrest without violence.  The boat was taken as evidence.

The next day, the Sheriff's Dive Team retrieved the two bags thrown overboard from the ocean.  They contained more than 30 pounds of cocaine and more than 39 pounds of marijuana.

Dawson is charged federally with possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.  He is being held without bond at the St. Lucie County Jail.

 

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