Local Coast Guard crews help seize $360M worth of cocaine

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TAMPA, Fla. (WAVY) — U.S. Coast Guard crews based out of Hampton Roads helped seize tens of thousands of pounds of cocaine in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Coast Guard officials said in a news release the 27,000 pounds of cocaine were seized off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America in 12 separate interceptions of suspected drug smuggling vessels.

Officials said the Virginia Beach-based Cutter Dependable was responsible for two of the cases, seizing nearly 3,000 pounds of cocaine.

The Portsmouth-based Cutter Tampa seized more than 18,000 pounds of cocaine in six cases. The Cutter Venturous, which is based out of St. Petersburg, Florida, seized just over 7,000 of cocaine.

Officials said the drugs are collectively worth an estimated $360 million wholesale.

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