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Coast Guard drops off 25 tons of cocaine seized in Pacific

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 19, 2015

The Coast Guard dropped off more than 25 tons of cocaine in San Diego on Thursday that was seized over the past five months off the Pacific coasts of Central and South America.

The drugs, valued at more than $765 million, were intercepted between early July and late this month by five Coast Guard cutters and a Canadian navy vessel, a Coast Guard statement said.

The largest bust netted 7.5 tons of cocaine discovered aboard a self-propelled semi-submersible watercraft in August, the statement said. Other seizures netted 300 to 2,000 pounds taken from 23 speedboats and the recovery of two abandoned bales.

“I am tremendously proud of all the Coast Guard men and women who serve aboard these cutters, and those from the many partner agencies and nations who teamed with them to stop these drugs from flowing across the oceans,” said Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio, commander of the 11th Coast Guard District. “They put their lives on the line to protect our nation and others from ruthless criminals who leave a wake of violence and instability wherever they operate.”

The Coast Guard has seized more than 158,000 pounds of cocaine in the eastern Pacific during fiscal year 2015 – more than the totals from 2012-14 combined, the statement said.

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The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf onloads more than 25 tons of cocaine Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, in San Diego. The drugs were from 26 separate interdictions conducted by the Coast Guard and international partners in the eastern Pacific.
JOEL GUZMAN/U.S. COAST GUARD

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