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U.S. Coast Guard seizes $110 million of cocaine

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:51

April 16 - The U.S. Coast Guard offloads $110 million of cocaine seized during two separate operations. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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More than 7,000 pounds of cocaine is offloaded by the U.S. Coast Guard at the Miami Beach base Tuesday. It's worth 110 million dollars. SOUNDBITE (English) U.S. COAST GUARD LIEUTENANT, MEAGHAN GIES, SAYING: "One of the larger busts that the Coast Guard has brought in in recent memory." The seizure was a result of two separate interceptions of drug smugglers. Some of the cocaine was found after a fishing boat from Panama caught on fire. As the Coast Guard rescued crew members, it spotted a huge stash of cocaine floating in the water. More drugs were seized on a boat coming from Colombia. SOUNDBITE (English) U.S. COAST GUARD LIEUTENANT, MEAGHAN GIES, SAYING "The main goal of the Coast Guard is to stop this bulk contraband, this bulk cocaine from coming and further deteriorating the crime and the violence in south Florida." The cocaine will now be destroyed.

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U.S. Coast Guard seizes $110 million of cocaine

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:51