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Sailors aboard USS New Orleans seize large amount of illegal drugs

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans seized about 1,800 pounds of illegal drugs on the high seas west of San Diego, the Navy reported Tuesday.

The New Orleans responded to a distress call from a 20-foot fishing boat on Saturday, and while on the way received reports that possible contraband was being dumped overboard from the vessel, according to the Navy's Third Fleet.

Sailors took to inflatable boats and a helicopter and recovered floating bags, which Navy officials believed contained marijuana. The drugs were given to the U.S. Coast Guard, while the people on the boat were handed over to the Mexican Navy.

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