Coast Guard to offload $13.7 million in cocaine, marijuana


MIAMI – The Coast Guard will be offloading 328 kilograms of cocaine and 3,100 pounds of marijuana -- valued at approximately $13.7 million -- Friday at the Coast Guard Base Miami Beach.

The drugs came from two separate seizures by the Coast Guard.

Officials said crew members followed a suspicious vessel northwest of Columbia on May 22. The vessel beached itself on St. Lucia Island, where crew members recovered 14 bales of cocaine from the boat.

On May 27, crew members were sent to another suspicious vessel after helicopter crews witnessed packages being thrown overboard. Officials recovered 62 bales of marijuana, and four people were taken into custody.

"These individual seizures not only keep drugs off the streets and reduce the destabilizing effects they have on society, but they get our investigatory agencies one step closer to disabling the transnational criminal organizations that threaten the prosperity and security of free nations," said Cmdr. Tim Cronin, the Coast Guard's 7th District deputy chief of enforcement.

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