Coast Guard unloads tons of illegal drugs in San Diego Bay

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Authorities said they offloaded 11,300 pounds of cocaine and 4,076 pounds of marijuana obtained in multiple busts.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — A U.S. Coast Guard cutter unloaded a massive transport in San Diego Bay Thursday with thousands of pounds of illegal narcotics, authorities said.

It happened around 10 a.m. at the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego Bay, the USCG said.

The shipment of 11,301 pounds of cocaine and 4,076 pounds of marijuana, delivered from the decks of the USCG cutter to Hawaii, Kimball, was reportedly worth some $223 million on the black market, according to the Federal Maritime Agency.

The crews of three Coast Guard ships and a Canadian government ship caught the narcotics off the coast of Central and South America between late February and early this month, according to public affairs. ‘USCG.

“At-sea interdictions of pure cocaine are the single most effective way to limit the destabilizing effects of cartels throughout the Western Hemisphere,” said Vice Admiral Michael McAllister, Commander, Pacific Zone, U.S. Coast Guard. ‘Coast Guard national security cutters like Kimball are the service’s most capable asset to bolster maritime governance, but when team partners from the Royal Canadian Navy and US Navy coastal combat ships (help), they leverage our network of international and interagency partners to reduce the availability of illicit drugs in the Western Hemisphere and facilitate the efforts of American lawyers to close the cycle of justice.”

The law enforcement phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific is conducted under the authority of the 11th Coast Guard District, headquartered in Alameda. Interdictions, including boardings of suspected contraband vessels, are directed and conducted by Coast Guard personnel, according to USCG Public Affairs.

A U.S. Coast Guard cutter offloaded a huge shipment of thousands of pounds of illegal narcotics into San Diego Bay on Thursday, authorities said.

It happened around 10 a.m. at the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego Bay, the USCG said.

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