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Coast Guard offloads 14 tons of seized cocaine at San Diego pier

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - More than 14 tons of cocaine snatched from seafaring drug runners by the U.S. military over the last three months was offloaded Thursday from a Coast Guard vessel at Broadway Pier.
   
The haul of narcotics removed from the decks of the cutter Bertholf in San Diego this morning was the fruit of 13 vessel interdictions and one bale recovery that occurred off the coast of Central and South America between late January and early last month, according to USCG public affairs.
   
The crew of the Bertholf was responsible for six of the seizures, the largest amounting to 6.4 tons of cocaine discovered aboard a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel intercepted March 3.
   
The cutter Valiant, meanwhile, nabbed six suspected smuggling vessels, and the Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen stopped a suspected smuggling
boat and recovered about 1,500 pounds of cocaine found floating in bales in the region.
   
"Taking tons of deadly drugs off the street and apprehending dozens of suspected smugglers not only saves lives here at home, but it also disrupts the
efforts of international drug-trafficking organizations (that) spread violence and instability wherever they operate,'' said Rear Adm. Joseph Servidio, commander of the 11th Coast Guard District.
   
The Bertholf is a 418-foot national-security ship homeported in Alameda. The 210-foot Valiant is based in Mayport, Florida, and Lassen is homeported in Jacksonville, Florida.

INTERDICTION SUMMARY

Date            Type                                                Unit                                                Est. amount (lbs)

Jan 27            Panga type “go fast” vessel            USCGC Valiant                                      1,009           

Feb. 2            Panga type “go fast” vessel            USCGC Valiant                                         368           

Feb. 3            Panga type “go fast” vessel            USCGC Valiant                                      1,696           

Feb. 6            Panga type “go fast” vessel            USCGC Valiant                                      2,094           

Feb. 7            Panga type “go fast” vessel            USCGC Valiant                                      1,653           

Feb. 15          Panga type “go fast” vessel            USCGC Bertholf                                     1,653           

Feb. 18          Panga type “go fast” vessel            USCGC Bertholf                                        694           

Feb. 20          Panga type “go fast” vessel            USCGC Bertholf                                     1,653

Feb. 23          Panga type “go fast” vessel            USCGC Valiant                                      1,175           

Mar. 2            Panga type “go fast” vessel            USS Lassen/USCG LEDET                      1,543           

Mar. 3            Semi-Submersible                         USCGC Bertholf                                  12,839

Mar. 5            Panga type “go fast” vessel            USCGC Bertholf                                      566           

Mar. 7            Bale recovery                                USS Lassen/USCG LEDET                     1,543           

Mar. 8            Panga type “go fast” vessel            USCGC Bertholf                                      917   

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