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Coast Guard unloads more than a ton of marijuana in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG

The Coast Guard on Tuesday displayed the 2,600 pounds of marijuana that it said were seized during a 71-day deployment in the Caribbean Sea.

The crew of the cutter Resolute confiscated the marijuana, worth an estimated $2.2 million, officials said.

On March 17, crew members took 2,600 pounds of marijuana — more than a ton — from two smuggling vessels in international waters with the help of a Customs and Border Protection plane. Seven people who could be smugglers were also detained, according to the Coast Guard.

"By working hand-in-hand with DHS partners and the nation of Jamaica, we were able to efficiently interdict the 2,600 pounds of marijuana seen on the pier today," Cmdr. Carmen DeGeorge, who commands the Resolute, said in a statement. "Today’s off-load represents the ongoing commitment of U.S. and international partners to combat transnational criminal networks and promote stability across the Caribbean region."

Times staff

     
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