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Coast Guard seizes estimated $17 million worth of cocaine

22 packages of cocaine offloaded Friday at Miami Beach Coast Guard station

The U.S. Coast Guard offloads an estimated $17 million worth of cocaine in Miami Beach.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The U.S. Coast Guard has seized an estimated $17 million worth of cocaine intercepted at sea.

According to a Coast Guard news release, the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Bernard C. Webber seized the drugs from a go-fast boat in the Caribbean Sea near the Dominican Republic.

A search of the vessel uncovered a total of 22 packages of cocaine.

Four suspected smugglers were taken into custody for prosecution in the U.S.

The Bernard C. Webber returned to the Miami Beach Coast Guard station Friday to offload the drugs.

A Coast Guard representative commended the crew for "making a strong impact on the war on drugs."

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