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U.S. Coast Guard seizes 10 tons of cocaine worth $300M

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

The United States Coast Guard made a huge bust Tuesday.

10 tons of cocaine, worth about $300 million were seized in international waters on 14 different missions. All of the seizures occurred in the Pacific ocean but were offloaded in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Tuesday morning.

Commander John McTamney with the Coast Guard says stopping smugglers at sea presents a few challenges.

"We're launching the helicopter, we're launching small boats from the cutter and we're maneuvering towards a vessel which is typically not lit at all with the required navigation lights and is trying to evade us at a high rate of speed," he said.

The Coast Guard says the seizures mean a significant hit to the cash flow of the drug smugglers.

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