Coast Guard sees record-breaking year for cocaine drug seizures

(Courtesy: CNN Newsource/US Coast Guard)

SAN DIEGO, CA (WSYX/WTTE) -- The US Coast Guard is marking a record-breaking year in cocaine seizures.

Twenty-five drug operations were conducted off South and Central America with the US Navy beginning last month. Since then, more than 50,000 pounds of cocaine and heroin were recovered from suspected smugglers. The confiscated drugs -- estimated to be worth almost $680 million -- were offloaded in San Diego on Wednesday.

"The single most vulnerable part of the entire drug network may be the ability -- the weakness at sea. So much of their drugs were coming in that direction and we weren't able to interdict sufficiently those ships that we knew existed so the Coast Guard has now tripled their effectiveness," U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

He added more than 600 suspected drug traffickers were arrested so far this year as the Coast Guard has kept nearly 500,000 pounds of drugs off U.S. streets.

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