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Fisherman finds $500,000 worth of drugs in ocean and sets up drug distribution business

By Mason White 1:43 PM February 1, 2017
Thomas Zachary Breeding
By: Alexis Bell

A fisherman spoke about the bad decision he made in life, which can cost him his freedom forever.

The commercial fisherman of Florida, is facing life in prison after he did not resist his temptation when he found drugs in the ocean.

32-year-old Thomas Zachary Breeding is asking people to learn from his mistakes after he pleaded guilty to selling drugs.

Breeding said that he was sailing about 50 miles south of Panama City, when he discovered the drugs floating in the open water.

He reeled the package in and he found that the it contained 45 pounds of cocaine, which has a street value of about $500,000.

Instead of contacting the authorities, Breeding contacted drug dealers and he gave it to them on credit. The dealers paid him as they sold the drugs.

Breeding said that he was just a hard-working commercial fisherman. He said that he has no idea where the drugs came from and he has never been involved in the drug trade before this incident.

The drugs could have come from drug traffickers who are known to leave floating packages of drugs at prearranged locations for dealers to collect at sea or from dealers who dumped the drugs overboard during a police pursuit.

In 2012, Breeding had a run-in with the law when he and others went into protected breeding grounds of the gag grouper, and then lying to investigators about it.

In that case, Breeding was sentenced to 15 months in prison.