Coast Guard offloads over 34,000 pounds of cocaine in Fla.

Shipments found off Mexico, Central/South America

USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard in Florida on Tuesday offloaded drugs brought back from 21 different intercepted illegal shipments.

PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. (WSVN via CNN Wire) -- Florida just got a shipment of nearly 35,000 pounds of cocaine – almost half a billion dollars worth.

The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday offloaded the drugs brought back from 21 different intercepted illegal shipments.

The suspected smugglers were busted off the coast of Mexico and Central and South America.

Much of the work was done when Coast Guard members weren’t even getting paid thanks to the partial government shutdown.

"I'm real proud of the men and women behind us. They have stepped forward. This was amid the seven-week -- excuse me, five-week partial government shutdown. These men and women were away from their families, a lot of things on their mind, but they kept their head in the game. They stood the watch. And what you see behind you is the results of that,” said Adm. Karl Schultz.

The Coast Guard said it has removed $1.3 million pounds of cocaine from illegal drug supply chains over the past three years.

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