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$15 Million Worth of Seized Coke Offloaded at Port, Coast Guard Says

Crew members on an interceptor boat from the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant approach bales of cocaine jettisoned in the Eastern Pacific Ocean by suspected smugglers, May 22, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
Crew members on an interceptor boat from the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant approach bales of cocaine jettisoned in the Eastern Pacific Ocean by suspected smugglers, May 22, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

More than 1,000 pounds of cocaine that will never be part of the illicit drug trade sailed into Port Everglades Wednesday aboard a U.S. Coast Guard cutter.

Crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant offloaded approximately 490 kilograms, or about 1,080 pounds, of cocaine that the agency says has a wholesale value of $15 million.

The drugs were seized during three separate interdiction cases that took place this month in the Eastern Pacific, the Coast Guard said.

Details of the operations were not disclosed.

"Our whole of government efforts are targeting the financial lifeline of organized crime to ultimately cause the collapse of these illegal networks," Capt. Mark Vlaun, staff judge advocate for the Coast Guard Seventh District said in a statement.

The Cutter Valiant is a 210-foot Coast Guard vessel based at Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville.

--This article is written by Doug Phillips from Sun Sentinel and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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