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St. Johns detectives seize drugs worth $35,000

Drugs included 22 packages of marijuana-laced candies

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office seized $35,000 worth of drugs, including 22 packages of THC edibles, and arrested the intended recipient Tuesday afternoon.

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Joshua Israel Wehking, 26, (pictured right) was charged with possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis with intent to sell and violation of probation. He is currently on probation for sale and distribution of narcotics.

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Detectives with the Sheriff's Office Special Investigation Unit intercepted a package of suspected narcotics mailed from Colorado to a residence on Rosewood Street in St. Augustine Beach.

Investigators said they identified Wehking as the intended recipient of the package.

The package contained a locked safe box that contained 22 packages of THC, 75 packages of THC wax, 28 syringes of THC oil, six sheets of THC and 250 grams of cannabis.

The estimated street value of the seized narcotics is $35,000.

News4Jax spoke with some people from Colorado who said this is a big issue The issue is now making its way to Florida, according to police through the U.S. Postal Service.

Teresa Brink is from Colorado and said she wasn't surprised to hear this story. Brink said these candies are all over in Colorado where marijuana is now legal. They're laced with THC, a chemical extracted form marijuana.

"Well, since Colorado legalized marijuana the dispensaries are all over and it is a concern about the gummy bears that look like that," said Brink. "Everybody's talked about it, because parents are concerned and think your children could take it at a party if they're confused and didn't know what they were taking." 

Parents News4Jax spoke to weren't happy to hear of marijuana-laced candy showing up in St. Johns County.

"That's horrible because I have 6-year-old twins, so what if they took it and something happened? Or if he got hold of it and took it? That's horrible, Jessica Teague said.

This is the second case like this in St. Johns County this year. Last week, a man was arrested in Atlantic Beach for having drugs that resembled candy in his vehicle.

Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan, with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, said this should be a reminder to parents, particularly around Halloween.

"I don't think someone who's doing the marijuana drug trade is handing them out to children. But then again, you don't know and that is a concern. Every year parents should be paying attention to their candy and what goes in their bag," Mulligan said. "But especially now. Some -- my understanding is that Colorado has seen some instances of this. And other states where marijuana is legal, kids are getting their hands on this."

Wehking was booked into the St. Johns County Jail on no bond. He's facing multiple charges, including sale and distribution of narcotics, as well as potential federal charges because the U.S. Postal Service was used.


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