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Packages of cocaine washing ashore in St. Johns County

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Updated: 5/04/2013 12:29 am
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.-- There's a lot more than rough waves crashing onto St. Johns County shores. The Sheriff's Office says so is cocaine. Packages of the drugs have been found beached across more than 40 miles of coastline from Crescent Beach to South Ponte Vedra.

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office tells Action News the amount they found is "significant."

It had deputies busy Friday as they scoured the shoreline.

"They were dressed in their rain clothes, you could say they were in a hurry," said Jannie Mancil who saw deputies make a pit stop at the Gate gas station in South Ponte Vedra.

Multiple state local and federal agencies are involved in the investigation. Action News had learned that authorities are also reaching out to an unlikely place for help in their search.

In an email obtained by Action News, the St. Johns County Environmental Coordinator asks sea turtle monitors:

"The sheriff’s department is asking that if you find suspicious packages on the beach to contact them immediately. These may be in the form of wrapped plastic and about the size of a brick or larger."

Mancil says this isn't the first time she's seen drugs wash up on St. Johns shores so she isn't too shocked.

"A few months ago marijuana was washing up on the beach from north of here down toward St. Augustine Beach," she said.

But like other beachgoers she also hopes police get the problem under control quickly so the beaches can open when the weather calms down.

If you find any suspicious packages on the beach, police say don't touch them or pick them up, just contact the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

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