$500,000 worth of cocaine washes up on St. Augustine beach


The Drug Enforcement Administration confirms that 16 kilos of cocaine washed up on several St. Johns County beaches Tuesday night.

The St. Augustine Beach police got a report that two small packages about 30 feet apart washed up about 300 yards north of the A Street beach access.

A third package was found a short time later near Sea Colony.

"It blows my mind. We're from New Hampshire and we don't see stuff like that," said tourist Tammy Woodbury.

Officers and St. Johns County deputies searched from St. Augustine Beach pier to the Fort Matanzas ramp and found several more packages.

"I'm pretty surprised," said surfer Andrew Wright. "I'm always at the beach, I used to lifeguard, never seen anything like that happen before."

Officials said the value of the drugs could be up to $500,000. They cannot say if these bales are connected to the $7 million worth of cocaine that washed up on area beaches in May.

"It seems to me it's a planned event for pickup. It just seems it would be too odd, coming twice in the same location," said Naples resident Lynn Ecleston.

The DEA is also investigating how the drugs washed up on shore. The DEA told Channel 4 that each bundle that was found weighs about 2 pounds. They also said that the street value for each brick ranges between $22,000 and $36,000.

Investigators said they are not sure if the packages washed ashore or if they were planted on the beach.

"I can't imagine who would do that, let that kind of drug get into the hands of the wrong people," said Panama City Beach resident Cecelia Owens.

Investigators also said there could be more bricks of cocaine that may wash up. Anyone who visits the beach is being asked to contact police if they come across anymore bricks of cocaine.

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9/19/13 9:30 AM by MushroomHead

That makes sense.My life has been enriched, yet again, with knowledge I'll probably never need to know. Thanks OG!!

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9/19/13 9:30 AM by James Vagabond

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9/19/13 9:29 AM by mm370


nick1302 site profile image  

9/19/13 9:27 AM by nick1302

Most people that do coke hang around other people that do coke. Or that don't tell anyone because then someone will ask to do some and that shit is expensive. Lol

Ramon Maroni site profile image  

9/19/13 9:25 AM by Ramon Maroni

damn wish it washed around here

Soup Nazi site profile image  

9/19/13 9:24 AM by Soup Nazi

I must have dropped them. Can someone return the cocaine back to me?

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9/19/13 9:23 AM by Fighting

Seriously though, what would YOU do if you found 7 kilos?   I wouldn't know where to begin.  Who would i Sell them to? How much would I charge?  How fast before I get killed for them?      

MushroomHead site profile image  

9/19/13 9:20 AM by MushroomHead

In NYC, is it a rich person's drug like it was during the late 70s and early 80s? Or what is the market for it? I'm legitimately curious about this cocaine thing.

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9/19/13 9:07 AM by odennis

Yeah here in NYC coke is everywhere

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9/19/13 9:04 AM by HoldYerGround

^come to NYC