Coast Guard brings home 14 tons of cocaine

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SAN DIEGO – The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf unloaded 14 tons of cocaine seized in the eastern Pacific at the Broadway Pier Thursday morning.

The illegal narcotics were intercepted by Coast Guard and U.S. Navy vessels in operations against marine drug smugglers between January and early March, the Coast Guard said.

Crewmembers unloaded 25 pallets piled high with packages of cocaine. Agents with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of the drugs once they were on shore.

Coast Guard and Navy ships, working with the forces of other nations in the eastern Pacific, have seized more than 79 tons of cocaine this year, the Coast Guard said.