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SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says nearly 20,000 pounds of cocaine seized in the eastern Pacific Ocean has been brought to San Diego.
The drug haul estimated to be worth about $338 million was scheduled to be offloaded from the cutter Munro at Naval Base San Diego on Monday.
Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alex Gray
The cocaine was seized in eight operations by the crews of four cutters between mid-November and mid-January.
The Coast Guard released aerial surveillance video showing boats being pursued and boarded at sea.
The Coast Guard says the campaign against drug cartels involves numerous U.S. agencies and the Navy.
“The men and women of the United States Coast Guard have made America a safer place to live,” said David King, the director for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HITDA) program. “This cocaine will never make it into our homes, schools, and communities to fuel violent crime, addiction and death.”
#HAPPENINGTODAY: The @USCG Cutter Munro to offload nearly 20K pounds of #cocaine worth an est. $338 Mil. Munro has been underway since before Christmas patrolling known drug-transit zones in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean https://t.co/NGoOB9sdPj @USCGPacificSW pic.twitter.com/1AkWB9urpV
— USCG Pacific Area (@USCGPACAREA) February 10, 2020