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Coast Guard Offloads Cocaine Seized In Caribbean

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File photo of a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter in Fort Lauderdale (Photo by Kelly Owen/Getty Images)

File photo of a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter in Fort Lauderdale (Photo by Kelly Owen/Getty Images)

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Coast Guard crewmembers in Miami Beach have offloaded more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine interdicted at sea.

Officials put the estimated wholesale value of the drugs at $20 million.

A Coast Guard aircraft spotted a go-fast vessel with suspicious packages on board off the coast of the Dominican Republic on April 21st. The Coast Guard Cutter Spencer launched an armed helicopter and a boat crew that intercepted the vessel in international waters. Twenty-five packages of cocaine were found on board.

Two suspected smugglers on board were taken into custody.

More than $1 billion in illicit narcotics have been seized by the Coast Guard and its partners since June 2012.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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