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Sea turtle found entangled in bales of cocaine, worth $53M, coast guard says

The turtle was found entangled in bales of cocaine with a value of $53 million, the U.S. coast guard said.

(U. S. Coast Guard)

A turtle was rescued after a boat crew found it entangled in bales of cocaine with a value of $53 million, the U.S. coast guard said.

The crew of the cutter Thetis at the loggerhead turtle in the eastern Pacific ocean during a 68-day mission, the coast guard said Tuesday.

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“Coast Guard Ens. Mark Krebs, the exercise of mission commander, said that when his team arrived on the scene with the jettison field, she immediately noticed the entangled sea turtle,” the coast guard said in a statement. “They saw significant prevents chaffing of the lines on his neck and flippers.”

The crew of the boat worked to make the sea turtle and seized 1,800 pounds of cocaine with a value of $53 million.

The cutter crew was part of Operation Martillo that the objective of criminal organisations and 18 countries. The crew seized 14,800 pounds of cocaine and 14 pounds of marijuana by the time back to the Key West port on Sunday, according to the press release.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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