U.S. Coast Guard seizes $1 billion of cocaine and heroin

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The U.S. Coast Guard unloaded $1 billion worth of cocaine and heroin seized in the Pacific at a U.S. Naval Base in San Diego on Monday.

Three U.S. Coast Guard cutters, including the new Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, returned to San Diego on Monday after a four-month mission off the Pacific Coast of Mexico, Central and South America, according to Reuters.

A total of 32 metric tons of cocaine and 2 tons of heroin, worth $1 billion was seized during some 30 separate interdictions of drug-loaded vessels including two submarines and dozens of small boats called pangas, Reuters reported.

“Every one of these bricks of cocaine was headed for the United States,” Coast Guard Admiral Paul Zukunft told reporters.

According to Reuters, the U.S. Coast Guard seized 59 tons of drugs off the shores of Mexico and Central America last year alone, more than the three previous years combined.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. U.S. Coast Guard cutters on mission in Pacific Ocean
2. A cutter pursuing a submarine
3. Drugs being transported by submarines and pangas
4. A total of 34 metric tons of drugs were seized

VOICEOVER (in English):

“Three U.S. Coast Guard cutters returned to San Diego on Monday after a four-month mission off the Pacific coast of Mexico, Central and South America.”

“A total of $1 billion worth of cocaine and heroin was seized during some 30 separate interdictions, including two submarines and dozens of small boats.”

“A total of 32 metric tons of cocaine and two tons of heroin were seized during the mission.”

SOURCES: Reuters, Los Angeles Times
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/11/us-usa-coastguard-drugs-idUSKCN0QG02620150811
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-coast-guard-cocaine-20150810-story.html