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The cocaine is worth up to $627 million. And the Coast Guard wants you to see it

Bales of cocaine, seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean from a suspected smuggling vessel by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter James, lie stacked on the cutter's deck on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The bales were part of Thursday's offloading of almost six tons of cocaine. (U.S. Coast Guard)

The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded almost six tons of cocaine at Port Everglades on Thursday, the result of intercepting six vessels from February through mid-April.

About 11,995 pounds of cocaine works out to 5,452.273 kilograms or 5,452,273 grams. At the Miami street prices quoted by Narcotics News, that works out to a street value of $299,875,015 to $627,011,395.

The Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf snagged about 1,653 pounds of cocaine on its one interdiction. The Coast Guard Cutter Bear picked up the most blow, an estimated 6,029 pounds on two cases. The Coast Guard Cutter James had the most interceptions, three, which brought in an estimated 4,313 pounds.

Waters off South America and the Central America region, including Mexico, were patrolled for these interdictions.


© 2018 Miami Herald

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