Tropical Storm Ana brought some wind and some rain to the area – and a 12-pound package of marijuana.


Tropical Storm Ana brought some wind and some rain to the area – and a 12-pound package of marijuana.



Atlantic Beach Police Chief Jeff Harvey said that a couple walking along the beach Sunday morning came across an unmarked package that turned out to be more than 12 pounds of marijuana.



The couple contacted the fire department about the suspicious package and the fire department then contacted police, who found the marijuana inside.



Harvey said the marijuana was in brown paper that had been tightly wrapped in shipping-type tape, making it nearly waterproof.



He said that the package had barnacles on the outside of it and had apparently been in the water for some time.



“The recent storm likely churned up the water and the package washed ashore,” Harvey said.



There were no markings or indications to indicate from where the package came.



Harvey said police notified the Coast Guard, U.S. Border Patrol and district attorney to make them aware of the package. The police department will hold the package until it is able to destroy it.



In general, Ana caused few if any problems in the area, other than creating a rainy weekend. According to the National Weather Service in Newport, the storm produced anywhere from 1.25 to 2.11 inches of rain in the Havelock area. The peak wind gust in the Havelock area was 37 mph reported at Cherry Point.



Some areas in Onslow and Lenoir counties picked up 5 to 6 inches of rain, with some minor flooding reported. The highest wind gust with the storm in the area was 41 mph at Piney Island in Carteret County and in Jacksonville in Onslow County.



Tropical Storm Ana came ashore with 45 mph winds in the North Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina on Sunday morning and tracked through Eastern North Carolina Sunday and Monday. The storm made landfall before the official start of hurricane season, which is June 1. Most forecasters predict a less-than-average tropical season with around seven named systems and just three hurricanes.