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Coast Guard offloads $338 million worth of seized cocaine in San Diego

San Diego Union Tribune logo San Diego Union Tribune 2/10/2020 By Teri Figueroa, The San Diego Union-Tribune
a group of people riding on the back of a truck: The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro offloaded 20,000 pounds of uncut cocaine seized from known drug-transit zones of the Eastern Pacific Ocean worth approximately $338 million at Naval Station San Diego on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020.   Eight interdictions were made between mid-November and mid-January by the joint efforts of four separate Coast Guard cutter crews: USCG Cutter Munro, USCG CutterThetis, USCG Cutter Resolute, and USCG Cutter Tampa.   The drugs were turned over the DEA. © John Gibbins/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro offloaded 20,000 pounds of uncut cocaine seized from known drug-transit zones of the Eastern Pacific Ocean worth approximately $338 million at Naval Station San Diego on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Eight interdictions were made between mid-November and mid-January by the joint efforts of four separate Coast Guard cutter crews: USCG Cutter Munro, USCG CutterThetis, USCG Cutter Resolute, and USCG Cutter Tampa. The drugs were turned over the DEA.

SAN DIEGO — Two months. Eight stops. About 20,000 pounds of smuggled cocaine, worth roughly $338 million.

On Monday, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter crew docked in San Diego and offloaded the hefty hauls that cutter crews intercepted from boats in the eastern Pacific Ocean carrying bundles of the illegal drug.

Coast Guard officials said that in eight different incidents between mid-November and mid-January, four of its cutter crews stopped and boarded eight boats in known drug routes at sea and seized nearly 20,000 pounds of cocaine. The incidents occurred off the west coasts of Mexico, Central and South America.

The work was in support of Campaign Martillo, which the Coast Guard said in a news release announcing the hauls is a regional initiative that targets trafficking “that threatens security and prosperity at the national, regional and international levels.”

a group of colorful flowers: The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro offloaded 20,000 pounds of uncut cocaine seized from known drug-transit zones of the Eastern Pacific Ocean worth approximately $338 million at Naval Station San Diego on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020.   Eight interdictions were made between mid-November and mid-January by the joint efforts of four separate Coast Guard cutter crews: USCG Cutter Munro, USCG CutterThetis, USCG Cutter Resolute, and USCG Cutter Tampa.   The drugs were turned over the DEA. © John Gibbins/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro offloaded 20,000 pounds of uncut cocaine seized from known drug-transit zones of the Eastern Pacific Ocean worth approximately $338 million at Naval Station San Diego on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Eight interdictions were made between mid-November and mid-January by the joint efforts of four separate Coast Guard cutter crews: USCG Cutter Munro, USCG CutterThetis, USCG Cutter Resolute, and USCG Cutter Tampa. The drugs were turned over the DEA. According to the Coast Guard, four cutter crews seized the following amounts of cocaine:

— The Thetis had two cases and seized 6,830 pounds.

— The Resolute had one case and took 1,951 pounds.

— The Tampa had two cases and intercepted 4,270 pounds.

— The Munro had three cases and seized 6,680 pounds.

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