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Crime Flagler County sheriff's deputies recover 15 kilos of soggy cocaine on beach

22:45  17 november  2019
22:45  17 november  2019 Source:   jacksonville.com

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Flagler County sheriff's deputies made the catch of the day — recovering 15 kilos of water-logged cocaine bundles that washed ashore in a duffle bag Friday night.

Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputies recovered 15 kilos of water-logged cocaine that washed ashore Friday night, Nov.15 on the beach in the Hammock area of Palm Coast. [Flager County Sheriff's Office/Provided]© Flager County Sheriff's Office/Provided/The Florida Times-Union/TNS Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputies recovered 15 kilos of water-logged cocaine that washed ashore Friday night, Nov.15 on the beach in the Hammock area of Palm Coast. [Flager County Sheriff's Office/Provided]

An anonymous caller tipped off deputies to the soggy drugs found about 7 p.m. on the beach along Surfview Drive in the Hammock area of Palm Coast, the Flagler County Sheriff's Office said Sunday.

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Covered in barnacles and seaweed, the duffle bag contained 15 individually wrapped packages that field-tested positive for cocaine. The bag also contained a large amount of sand and sea shells indicating it had been in the ocean for some time, according to the Sheriff's Office.

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One of the kilo-sized, brick-like packages was ripped open exposing a block of the cocaine. Thirteen of the packages were similar in size and weight, two were significantly lighter and weren't dense. About half showed water damage, sheriff's deputies reported,

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The deputies were wearing body cameras that recorded them going through the duffle bag and laying out the cocaine packages. View the Sheriff's Office video.

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"It is likely that these drugs have been in the ocean for a long time and they just happened to wash up on our beach from the rough surf and wind we have had the last few days," Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said in a news release.

The caller reporting the drugs wanted to remain anonymous because of the fear of reprisal from the owner of the drugs.

"I'm thankful that the person who located the bag did the right thing and called us. These are dangerous narcotics and could be deadly in the wrong hands," Staly said.

Deputies searched the beach but found no more bags. The Sheriff's Office also notified surrounding law enforcement agencies about the drugs so they could check their beaches.

The Sheriff's Office also urged people who come across a suspicious package to immediately call law enforcement. To remain anonymous, people can call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477), and possibly be eligible for a reward up to $5,000.00.

Teresa Stepzinski: (904) 359-4075

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