Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cocaine Packages Wash Ashore in St. Johns; Multiple Agencies Working to Round Up Evidence from County Beaches

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cocaine Packages Wash Ashore in St. Johns; Multiple Agencies Working to Round Up Evidence from County Beaches

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Heavy waves pounding St. Johns County's beaches during Friday's storms also made a special delivery Friday - cocaine.

Some of it came up north of the St. Augustine inlet, while more showed up south.

Officials won't say how the drug was packaged or how many washed ashore. But a Sheriff's Office spokesman said multiple packages washed up on several locations.

"It was a significant amount of cocaine, although we are not releasing it since we are working with multiple agencies," Chuck Mulligan told the Times-Union.

The first discovery was a large plastic bag with smaller bags of powder inside, found on Crescent Beach by a staff member from a group checking on sea turtles, according to WJXT TV-4. Brought to the Sheriff's Office substation there, other agencies were soon brought in to round up the floating evidence.

"We are not trying to hide it. It's not a secret that it came ashore," Mulligan said, but his department had no further comment now due to the quantity and the other agencies involved.

As to where it came from, Mulligan said no one knows at the current time if it had been dumped by smugglers, lost overboard or washed out of a sinking vessel.

Anyone who sees or finds more of the cocaine should contact the Sheriff's Office at (904) 824-8304.

Dan Scanlan

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Thomas Lee Adams was charged Thursday with capital sexual battery on a child younger than 12. He was also charged with showing obscene material to a child, according to court records.

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The report said he pulled a gun from behind his back and pointed it at the two officers and had to be wrestled to the ground. …

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