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US Coast Guard offloads $569M worth of cocaine, marijuana in San Diego

Vice President Mike Pence attended the offloading at Naval Air Station North Island.
Credit: U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area
Bales of cocaine seized by U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) crew members are on the ship’s deck May 17, 2019, after Munro crew members interdicted a suspected drug-smuggling boat in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The Coast Guard works with interagency and international partners to patrol known drug transit zones to deter and disrupt trafficking of illegal drugs, to dismantle transnational criminal organizations and to prevent transnational threats from reaching the U.S. while fostering regional stability. U.S. Coast Guard photo

SAN DIEGO — The United States Coast Guard offloaded 39,000 pounds of cocaine plus hundreds of pound of marijuana in San Diego on Thursday. The haul was seized from suspected drug smugglers in international waters in the Eastern Pacific, the agency said.  

Vice President Mike Pence attended the offloading at Naval Air Station North Island along with National Drug Control Policy Director James W. Carroll and Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration Uttam Dhillon. 

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Pence arrived in San Diego Wednesday night as part of a three-day swing through California and Texas to visit constituents and military bases. 

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro offloaded the cocaine plus 933 pounds of marijuana worth a combined estimated $569 million on Thursday around midday. The drugs were seized in 14 separate incidents off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America by three Coast Guard cutters between May and July 2019. 

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According to the Coast Guard multiple other U.S.  agencies cooperated in “in the effort to combat transnational organized crime” including the Departments of Defense and Justice and Homeland Security.