SCOTT KEELER | Times
Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Richard Etheridge offload 1,500 pounds of cocaine with a wholesale value of $23 million Monday at the St. Petersburg station at 600 Eighth Ave. SE. The drugs were seized Wednesday during a patrol of the western Caribbean by the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Tampa, with assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Several suspects were taken into custody and transferred to FBI and DEA officials. See video of the drug seizure at Links in today's Times at tampabay.com.