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U.S. Coast Guard offloads $721 million worth of cocaine in San Diego

January 29, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
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U.S. Coast Guard offloads $721 million worth of cocaine in San Diego

On Thursday, officials with the U.S. Coast Guard in San Diego offloaded over 23 tons of cocaine intercepted in recent months from seafaring drug smugglers in the Eastern Pacific.

The illegal contraband, which was unloaded off of the cutter Stratton, was accumulated during 23 seizures carried out by U.S. and Canadian forces working in international waters off the coasts of Central and South America, KTLA reported.

The more than 47,000 pounds of cocaine has an estimated street value of $721 million according to authorities. U.S. Coast Guard employees turned the narcotics over to federal agents for further investigation, prosecution and, eventually, destruction.

“The threat of transnational crime is a danger no one ship, agency, country or person can address alone,” Vice Adm. Fred Midgette, the commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area, stated. “We stand alongside our interagency and international partners in a shared purpose to protect those harmed by these drugs and bring the criminals to justice.”

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