Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Coast Guard seizes $135 million worth of cocaine

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ST. PETERSBURG — U.S. Coast Guard crew members unloaded $135 million worth of seized cocaine Thursday morning at the service's St. Petersburg facility.

The 168 bales of drugs, each weighing about 40 pounds, were placed in a large bag by officials dressed in white on the cutter Resolute. The bag was latched to a crane that lowered the contents to the ground.

Commanding Officer James Passarelli said four seizures took place within the last 56 days in the southeast Caribbean.

The cutter, which has about 80 crew members, brought the drugs to St. Petersburg.

Several agencies that could not be identified helped unload the cocaine, which was then placed onto a rented truck.

"There's a boost in morale," Passarelli said. "We're taking $135 million off the street."

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