Coast Guard seizes 36,000 pounds of cocaine worth half a billion dollars off the Pacific coast

Posted: 11:17 AM, Mar 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-22 15:17:17Z

36,000 pounds of cocaine was brought into the U.S...legally.

It's contraband that the Coast Guard has been seizing since early last month. 

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The cocaine comes from 17 different busts by five coast guard cutters operating off the Pacific coasts of Central and South America. 

Coast Guard officials offloaded the cargo in San Diego Tuesday. 

Authorities say the cocaine is worth about half a billion dollars that won't go to drug lords.

They estimate that keeping it off the street will likely save hundreds of lives.