PortandTerminal.com, July 30, 2019
The Coast Guard has released dramatic new video after a series of recent successful drug busts involving vessels in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
The U.S. Coast Guard recorded on video a drug boat crew desperately dumping what officials said were huge bags of cocaine into the sea during a high-speed chase in the eastern Pacific earlier this month.
Despite loads going overboard, the Coast Guard managed to confiscate thousands of pounds of the drug in the July 18 high-speed chase, officials announced.
Coast Guard crew members “apprehended the suspected smugglers and seized approximately 2,300 pounds of cocaine from the vessel,” the service said in a statement Friday.
A string of cocaine seizures
The latest cocaine seizure is just one in a series of successes lately for the crew of the Steadfast. In total, they seized 26,000 pounds during The Steadfast’s most recent tour in the Eastern Pacific. The Coast Guard is scheduled to offload the drugs, with an estimated street value of $35 million, on Friday in San Diego.
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