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$360M in bundled cocaine seized by Coast Guard

Illegal cache was offloaded in South Florida

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – 27,000 pounds of cocaine -- with a street value of $360 million -- was seized in the Eastern Pacific Ocean by the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday morning, reports say.

The cocaine was seized in 12 separate Coast Guard interdictions off the coasts of Mexico and Central and South America, WPLG reports

"The seized contraband is the result of several interdictions by Coast Guard and our Department of Homeland Security partners in the Eastern Pacific," a Facebook post said. 

The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa arrived at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach. 

Here's what 27,000 lbs of seized cocaine looks like. It will all be offloaded by the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa today in Miami Beach, Florida, and sent for destruction. #NotOnOurStreets The seized contraband is the result of several interdictions by the U.S. Coast Guard and our Department of Homeland Security partners in the Eastern Pacific.

Posted by U.S. Coast Guard Southeast on Friday, March 22, 2019

 

Coast Guard Cutter Tampa Drug Offload Press Brief

U.S. Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations, Vice Adm. Daniel Abel, and the Captain of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa, Cmdr. Nicholas Simmons, discuss the offload of 27,000 lbs of seized cocaine in Miami Beach, Florida. The seized contraband is the result of several interdictions by U.S. Coast Guard and our Department of Homeland Security partners in the Eastern Pacific.

Posted by U.S. Coast Guard Southeast on Friday, March 22, 2019