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Photos: 14 Effing Tons Of Seized Cocaine Unloaded In San Diego

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The U.S. Coast Guard showed up to a San Diego dock yesterday to unload a massive amount of confiscated cocaine. How much cocaine? Fourteen tons.

Crews unloaded bags and bags of cocaine from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell at a San Diego dock, using conveyor belts and cranes. The 14 tons (or 28,000 pounds) of cocaine was worth an estimated $424 million on the streets, and came from 19 separate seizures conducted over 79 days by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy in Central and South America, Reuters reports.

Over the past six months, authorities have confiscated over 28 tons of cocaine at various locations in the eastern Pacific Ocean and have arrested 101 people. Ten tons of cocaine came from one ship alone, according to CNN.

Photos show massive amounts of drugs being unloaded at the dock, as well as spectators waving at the boat and watching.

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