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A pallet of cocaine is off-loaded from the 418-foot Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. More than 26 tons of cocaine worth at least $715 million was brought ashore Thursday following multiple recent seizures by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy in the eastern Pacific. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Nearly 27 tons of cocaine worth $715M was seized at sea


A massive cocaine seizure in global waters is being offloaded in Miami Thursday.

Ships with the U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy hauled in 26.5 tons of cocaine while patrolling the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

The cocaine is worth an estimated $715 million.

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This not only showcases the threat posed by dangerous cartels, gangs, and criminal groups that make up extensive transitional organized crime networks, but it also highlights the commitment of the Coast Guard and its interagency partner’s efforts to detect, interdict, investigate and prosecute operatives for these criminal networks,” said Vice Adm. Karl Schultz, commander, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area.

“Hamilton’s cargo this morning represents the combined efforts of the multi-national coalition, led by the US Coast Guard, which is working to stem the tide of the narcotics trade in the Caribbean Basin,” said Commodore Craig Baines, commander, Royal Canadian Naval Atlantic Fleet. “It is a tangible example of our collective efforts to keep narcotics off our streets while at the same time promoting regional security.”

The haul is from 27 separate interdictions at sea.

(Gary Detman contributed to this report)

News of the bust quickly made its way around social media. 

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