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More than 26,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $ 350 million, was unloaded in San Diego on Friday after the U.s. Coast Guard seized the drugs during a week-long operation in the international waters.
The members of the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC-632) the confiscated narcotic drugs, on six different missions, in the Eastern part of the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Mexico, Central and South America, as of the end of June and mid-July, officials said in a news release.
WATCH: SUSPECTED COCAINE SMUGGLERS OF THE ITEMS THROWN OUT DURING A HIGH-SPEED CHASE ON THE PACIFIC OCEAN
On the left-hand side, the Crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast facility is a quick-ship in the international waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean on July 18, 2019 at the latest. On the right-hand side, and the crew are discovered in a compartment to hide several bales of cocaine under the floor of a ds interdicted and June 30, 2019 at the latest, while on patrol in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
(U. s. Customs and Border Protection/ U.s. Coast Guard )
“It was 26,000 pounds of cocaine, which is not the most important streets in the U. s. A, and it also gives us the opportunity to ensure that we are able to continue to fight against trans-national organised criminal groups, that is, the distribution of cocaine, deep in the Pacific ocean each and every day,” Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, the 11th Coast Guard District commander, said.
A Coast Guard Cutter, Robert Ward, is a member of the crew, inspects, and prepares for testing of suspected contraband, seized from a suspected drug smuggling boat in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, July 16, 2019.
(U.s. Coast Guard)
Friday, offload it comes on the heels of the July 11, offload, where officials said crews seized almost 40,000 pounds of cocaine, 14 is prohibited.
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As a member of the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Firm that makes use of a forklift to move a pallet of cocaine in San Diego, california, July 26, 2019.
(U.s. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jordan Akiyama)
This year alone, the coast guard has intercepted more than 230,000 pounds of narcotics, and it held up to more than 400 traffickers in the Eastern Pacific drug transit zone.