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15,300 pounds of cocaine and marijuana seized by Coast Guard in San Diego

The Coast Guard Cutter Kimball (WMSL-756) crew offloads about 11,300 pounds of cocaine and roughly 4,000 pounds of marijuana worth more than $223 million on March 31, 2022, in San Diego, Calif. Photo credit Petty Officer 3rd Class Alex Gray, U.S. Coast Guard

More than 11,300 pounds of cocaine and 4,000 pounds of marijuana were offloaded Thursday by the United States Coast Guard in San Diego, a result of about one month of seizures in international waters.

The haul is estimated to be worth some $223 million dollars, the Coast Guard said in a statement, explaining that the drugs were captured in eight interceptions of the illegal substances in both the eastern Pacific Ocean and off the coasts of Central and South America.

The Coast Guard Cutter Kimball (WMSL-756) crew offloads about 11,300 pounds of cocaine and roughly 4,000 pounds of marijuana worth more than $223 million on March 31, 2022, in San Diego, Calif.
The Coast Guard Cutter Kimball (WMSL-756) crew offloads about 11,300 pounds of cocaine and roughly 4,000 pounds of marijuana worth more than $223 million on March 31, 2022, in San Diego, Calif. Photo credit Petty Officer 3rd Class Alex Gray, U.S. Coast Guard

“At-sea [interceptions] of pure cocaine are the most effective way to limit cartel’s destabilizing effects throughout the Western Hemisphere,” said Vice Admiral Michael McAllister, Coast Guard Pacific Area commander.

McAllister said the drugs were seized from suspected drug smuggling vessels in interdictions between late February and early March and offloaded Thursday by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756).

“Coast Guard national security cutters like Kimball are the service’s most capable asset to strengthen maritime governance, but when team partners from the Royal Canadian Navy and U.S. Navy Littoral combat ships they leverage our network of international and interagency partners to reduce the availability of illicit drugs in the Western Hemisphere and facilitate U.S. Attorney’s efforts to close the cycle of justice,” McAllister said.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Marie Estrada on KNX News

Published: April 01, 2022

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