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Coast Guard Captures More Than A Ton Of Cocaine

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The Coast Guard offloaded more than 3,500 pounds of cocaine from a cutter.

The Coast Guard offloaded more than 3,500 pounds of cocaine from a cutter.

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The U.S. Coast Guard will be offloading nearly two tons of cocaine in Miami after it recently confiscated the drugs from a go-fast vessel in the Caribbean Sea.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Northland captured 3,532 pounds of cocaine from the 35-foot boat on March 3. The drugs have a total wholesale value of more than $43 million. All total, the Northland confiscated 54 bales of cocaine.

The interdiction was part of Operation Martillo, which is one part of the U.S. government’s counterattack to the use of Central American littorals as shipment routes for drugs, weapons, and cash.

Four suspected smugglers were taken into custody during the stop of the go-fast boat. The Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island, based in Key West, also took part in the interdiction.

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