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On Friday, the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Tampa offloaded about 27,000 pounds of cocaine at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, worth an estimated $360 million wholesale. It is the latest in a long series of multi-tonne drug seizures taken in the Eastern Pacific’s busy trafficking zone.

The drugs were seized off the coasts of Central and South America, and they represent the results of a dozen separate smuggling vessel interdictions. Three cutters contributed to the haul: the cutter Dependable interdicted two boats and seized about 2,900 pounds; the Tampa interdicted six boats and seized about 18,000 pounds; and the Venturous interdicted four boats and seized about 7,200 pounds.

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