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Coast Guard Offloads Over 12 Tons of Cocaine at Port Everglades

Coast Guard Offloads Over 12 Tons of Cocaine at Port Everglades

NBC 6's Darryl Forges has more on the shipment that was offloaded Thursday, with an estimated street value just under $400 million.

Coast Guard officials off loaded another major cocaine haul Thursday morning at Port Everglades – with an estimated value nearing $400 million.

The cutter Escanaba dropped off the nearly 12.5 tons of drugs in South Florida, nearly two months after capturing the narcotics from several vessels in the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean as part of a joint mission between the Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy.

Michael Turdo, the commanding officer for Escanaba as it captured six tons over five separate incidents.

In total, the narcotics have an estimated street value of $378 million and were captured by four different vessels – including the cutter Thetis, which is based out of Key West.

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