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Coast Guard Shows Off $10 Million In Seized Illegal Drugs

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) - The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dependable is showing off more than $10 million of illegal drugs that they've seized during three operations in the last week.

Working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and a Bahamian Drug Enforcement Unit, the Coast Guard hauled in 325 kilograms of cocaine and 600 pounds of marijuana.

The authorities also locked up 15 suspected drug smugglers.

"This is a great example of how the Coast Guard collaborates across multiple agencies to counter the efforts of drug trafficking organizations," said Lt. Ken Franklin, operations officer for the Dependable. "This past week's success was the culmination of ongoing cooperative efforts across international borders and organizational boundaries."

The Dependable is a 210-foot cutter with 76 crew members that conducts maritime safety, security and stewardship operations in the waters stretching from the U.S. and Canadian maritime border off New England, to the Florida Straits and greater Caribbean Sea.

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