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U.S. Coast Guard offloads $350 million worth of cocaine and heroin of the coast of California

October 2, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. Coast Guard offloads $350 million worth of cocaine and heroin of the coast of California

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U.S. Coast Guard offloads $350 million worth of cocaine and heroin of the coast of Alameda, California

A U.S. Coast Guard crew came back to Coast Guard Island in Alameda, California with $350 million worth of seized cocaine and heroin.

The Cutter Stratton troop spent 75 days guarding international waters off the Central and South American coasts.

While obstructing Transnational Organized Crime groups, they intercepted 11 drug smuggling boats and seized over 18,500 pounds of cocaine and heroin, KTVU reported.

Forty purported smugglers will be charged in the U.S. courts.

The contents of a massive drug seizure conducted by USCG last week

“Each member contributed to the collective success of Stratton’s patrol,” Captain Craig Wieschhorster, the commanding officer of the Stratton, indicated in a statement.

“This was a team effort that takes an all hands on deck. Stopping illicit movements at sea, where the Coast Guard has a tactical advantage, starves criminal organizations of revenue, promotes stability in Central American countries and eases migration pressures on the U.S. border. Border security starts at sea. Stopping smugglers and bringing them to justice allows the collective interagency effort to break these networks.”

The bust was revealed shortly after Stratton’s crew offloaded 50,550 pounds of cocaine and heroin – worth approximately $679.3 million – in San Diego. The recent bust adds to a record-breaking year of drug busts by the Coast Guard and U.S. interagency partners for the 2017 fiscal year.

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