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Coast Guard offloads 11 tons of cocaine in San Diego

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The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman offloads pallets of cocaine at Naval Base San Diego on August 18, 2016. Approximately 11 tons of cocaine was seized during 15 separate interdictions in the Eastern Pacific. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Office The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman offloads pallets of cocaine at Naval Base San Diego on August 18, 2016. Approximately 11 tons of cocaine was seized during 15 separate interdictions in the Eastern Pacific. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Office
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman prepares to offload 11 tons of cocaine at Naval Base San Diego on August 18, 2016. The contraband was seized by five cutters during 15 separate interdictions in the Eastern Pacific. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fir The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman prepares to offload 11 tons of cocaine at Naval Base San Diego on August 18, 2016. The contraband was seized by five cutters during 15 separate interdictions in the Eastern Pacific. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fir
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman guards pallets of cocaine prior to offloading them at Naval Base San Diego on August 18, 2016. Approximately 11 tons were offloaded after being seized in the Eastern Pacific. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Ta The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman guards pallets of cocaine prior to offloading them at Naval Base San Diego on August 18, 2016. Approximately 11 tons were offloaded after being seized in the Eastern Pacific. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Ta
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman guards pallets of cocaine prior to offloading them at Naval Base San Diego on August 18, 2016. Approximately 11 tons were offloaded after being seized in the Eastern Pacific. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Offi The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman guards pallets of cocaine prior to offloading them at Naval Base San Diego on August 18, 2016. Approximately 11 tons were offloaded after being seized in the Eastern Pacific. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Offi
Coast Guard Cutter Sherman arrives at Naval Base San Diego on August 18, 2016. Sherman's crew offloaded approximately 11 tons of cocaine seized by various cutters in the Eastern Pacific. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joel Guzman/relea Coast Guard Cutter Sherman arrives at Naval Base San Diego on August 18, 2016. Sherman's crew offloaded approximately 11 tons of cocaine seized by various cutters in the Eastern Pacific. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joel Guzman/relea

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A U.S. Coast Guard crew offloaded about 11 tons of seized cocaine in San Diego Thursday, wrapping up an Eastern Pacific patrol that included 15 maritime drug busts.
   
The crew of the USCG cutter Sherman dropped off the narcotic haul, confiscated in June and July from ocean-going traffickers in international waters off the coast of Central and South America, at Naval Base San Diego.
   
The enforcement actions were carried out by personnel aboard the cutters Alert, Reliance, Sherman, Tampa and Vigorous. The vessels are homeported, respectively, in Astoria, Oregon; Kittery, Maine; Honolulu, Hawaii; Portsmouth, Virginia; and Virginia Beach, Virginia.
   
"The diligence of these cutter crews, as well as the air crews and operations support crews ashore, has stopped tons of drugs from reaching our streets,'' said Rear Adm. Todd Sokalzuk, commander of the 11th Coast Guard District. "Their success disrupts the violent criminal organizations that ship these drugs and saves lives here at home.''
   
Since the current fiscal year began in October, the Coast Guard has seized more than 81 tons of cocaine and taken 329 suspected smugglers into custody during 108 interdictions in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, according to USCG public affairs.

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