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Coast Guard confiscates $18 million worth of cocaine

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More than $18 million worth of cocaine confiscated by the U.S. Coast Guard was offloaded in St. Petersburg Wednesday morning. More than $18 million worth of cocaine confiscated by the U.S. Coast Guard was offloaded in St. Petersburg Wednesday morning.
ST PETERSBURG, FL - More than $18 million worth of cocaine confiscated by the U.S. Coast Guard was offloaded in St. Petersburg Wednesday morning.

The cocaine was seized during two different busts in the Gulf of Mexico in November.

On Nov. 20, Coast Guard crews spotted a 25-foot boat in international waters north of Punta de Mosquito, Panama. A Coast Guard helicopter crew arrived near the boat and saw people throwing the cocaine overboard. The helicopter fired warning shots, forcing the boat to stop. Coast Guard crews recovered 14 bales of cocaine, according to a USCG news release.

On Nov. 25, Coast Guard crews spotted a 30-foot fishing boat north of Columbia in international waters. The USCG crew saw the suspected smugglers removing packages from the boat. The USCG recovered 10 bales of cocaine, according to the news release.

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