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Coast Guard Off Loaded 5.1 Million Dollars of Cocaine In St. Petersburg, Fla

November 17, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Coast Guard Off Loaded 5.1 Million Dollars of Cocaine In St. Petersburg, Fla Image courtesy of wfla.com

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The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hawk made its way to its home port in St. Petersburg Wednesday night. On board: a mound of cocaine bales.

The long trip home started a week and a half ago, when the cutter Gallatin spotted a suspicious Panamanian fishing boat off the coast of Colombia. The boat was heading north to the U.S.

On board, they found more than 800 pounds of cocaine. One by one, armed Coast Guardsmen unloaded the illegal drugs.

“Any time you conduct interdictions at sea, it is dangerous. And this is what we do. This is a part of our training, and we train for this daily,” said Coast Guard spokesperson Mike DeNyse.

5 suspected Colombian drug runners were whisked off to a van to face federal authorities.

“This is a great day. This is a perfect example of international cooperation, sharing information, and sharing just good tactics to get yet another $12.5 million dollars off the streets of the U.S.,” said DeNyse.

The two Coast Guard stations in the Bay Area play a vital role. Crew members are always ready for when the battle stations alarm goes off.

So far this year, the U.S. Coast Guard has hauled in $5.5 billion dollars worth of cocaine, and $68 million dollars of marijuana.

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