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Coast guard seizes the 36,000 kg. of cocaine during the Pacific drug patrol

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    The U. S. Coast Guard on Tuesday unloaded approximately 36,000 kilograms of cocaine into San Diego’s B Street pier.

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    The U. S. Coast Guard on Tuesday unloaded approximately 36,000 kilograms of cocaine into San Diego’s B Street pier.

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The U. S. Coast Guard unloaded about 36,000 kilograms of cocaine in a California pier on Tuesday, which was seized during a drug patrol operation in the Pacific Ocean.

The drugs, with an estimated value of approximately $500 million, were taken in 17 different attacks by five Coast Guard vessels during February and March, officials stated in a press release.

Five #USCG cutters, 17 prohibited, more than 36,000 pounds of cocaine stopped from hitting U.s. streets. We have increased our presence in the Eastern part of the Pacific Ocean And the Caribbean Basin, which are known drug transit zones: https://t.co/5SzU4V7Ln3 #KnowYourMil @USCGPacificSW pic.twitter.com/j3BjMvuW6l

— U. S. Coast Guard (@USCG) March 21, 2018

The drugs were unloaded on Tuesday by members of the crew of the USCGC Bertholf in San Diego’s B Street pier, KFMB-TV reported.

“This offload by the Bertholf represents the great work that is carried out in the Eastern part of the Pacific fight against transnational organized crime, behind drug trafficking which is instability, fear and damage to people, communities and entire nations,” Rear Adm. Todd Sokalzuk, the 11th Coast Guard District commander said.

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Sokalzuk added that the crew on board of the Entrepreneurial, Bear, Diligence, and Harriet Lane cutters, in addition to the Bertholf, assisted in the seizures of record amounts of cocaine for the third year in a row.”

Crews on board of the Entrepreneurial, Bear, Diligence, Harriet Lane, and Bertholf cutters assisted in the attacks.

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The Bertholf’s commanding officer, Captain John Driscoll, echoed similar sentiments, praising the flight crew that “worked round-the-clock.”

The cocaine that was seized would have gone to the funding of the evil work of transnational criminal organizations,” Driscoll said, and noted that the seizure “it helps prevent a large share of the human suffering and will probably save hundreds of lives that would have been lost to these illegal drugs.”

The drug seizure operation is a part of a “Western Hemisphere Strategy” carried out in the Eastern part of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean, believed to be the “well-known drug-transit zones,” the officials said.

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The coast guard said the drug seizure operation is a part of a “Western Hemisphere Strategy” carried out in the Eastern part of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean, believed to be the “well-known drug-transit zones.”

The Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and Justice, but also helped in the efforts, the officials said.

Nicole Darrah cover breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

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