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Coast Guard Offloads $19 Million in Seized Cocaine in Miami Beach

11:34 AM, Jul 1, 2013   |    comments
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Approximately 1,250 pounds of seized cocaine worth an estimated $19 million were offloaded by the Coast Guard in Miami Beach Monday morning.

The cocaine was discovered on May 29, when the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf received a report from a Customs and Border Protection aircraft crew of a small go-fast vessel about 305 miles southwest of Cocos Island, Costa Rica, the Coast Guard said.

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The Coast Guard was able to stop the vessel and found a package that later tested positive for cocaine. Six suspected smugglers were detained and the Coast Guard sank the vessel as a hazard to navigation.

The suspected smugglers were transferred to Drug Enforcement Agency officials in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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The drugs were offloaded at the Coast Guard's Miami Beach Base Monday.

"We are keeping drugs off the streets, we're getting them before they get into this country," Lt. Cmdr. Gabe Somma said. "$19 million worth of cocaine will not get here."

By Claudia DoCampo and Brian Hamacher, NBC 6

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