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Coast Guard Unloads Cocaine Worth $84 Million at Port Everglades

Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba crewmembers offload more than 3 tons of cocaine in Port Everglades, Florida Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Kelley)
Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba crewmembers offload more than 3 tons of cocaine in Port Everglades, Florida Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Kelley)

The U.S. Coast Guard unloaded 3.1 tons of cocaine at Port Everglades Monday, officials said.

The cocaine, with a wholesale value of $85 million, was seized in international waters off the eastern Pacific Ocean, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

"Stopping the illicit flow of drugs to our shores not only keeps them off our street but also keeps money from getting to these criminal organizations," said Cmdr. Michael Turdo.

Crews from two U.S. Coast Guard cutters, the 270-foot Escanaba and the 210-foot Decisive, intercepted, seized and offloaded the drugs.

The Coast Guard has increased its presence in the eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin, known drug transit zones off of Central and South America, officials said.

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