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Coast Guard offloads $36M in cocaine, pot

Oct. 8, 2012 - 08:44AM   |   Last Updated: Oct. 8, 2012 - 08:44AM  |  
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute has offloaded nearly 3,000 pounds of cocaine and 1,300 pounds of marijuana in St. Petersburg.

The drugs were seized during an operation last month and were unloaded Saturday. They are valued at $36 million.

The Tampa Tribune reported that the cocaine was seized when Coast Guard officials detained a group of suspected drug smugglers in international waters off the coast of Honduras. While onboard, Coast Guard crew members discovered 53 bales covered in a white powdery substance that later tested positive for cocaine.

The marijuana came from a separate incident and was confiscated from a different boat near Nicaraguan waters.

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