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St. Petersburg Coast Guard boat seizes 107 bales of marijuana

For 54 days, the Coast Guard's St. Petersburg-based Venturous patrolled the Caribbean Sea for illegal drugs. On Thursday, it found a boat carrying 107 bales of marijuana — about 2,500 pounds with a value of $1.6 million, the Coast Guard said. Photos show the marijuana was packed in 45-kilogram bags meant for long-grain white rice from Guyana. The Venturous fired warning shots, but the people aboard the boat ignored orders to "heave to." The crew shot at the engines and seized the drugs. — Kim Wilmath, Times staff writer

Crew members from the Coast Guard cutter Venturous, which is based in St. Petersburg, transfer 2,500 pounds of marijuana to be loaded onto the cutter Dolphin on Saturday. The Dolphin off-loaded the marijuana, valued at $1.6 million, to Miami authorities.

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Crew members from the Coast Guard cutter Venturous, which is based in St. Petersburg, transfer 2,500 pounds of marijuana to be loaded onto the cutter Dolphin on Saturday. The Dolphin off-loaded the marijuana, valued at $1.6 million, to Miami authorities.

St. Petersburg Coast Guard boat seizes 107 bales of marijuana 10/05/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 12:19am]

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