US Coast Guard offloads $500 million worth of cocaine in Florida

(Photos: U.S. Coast Guard, NBC News Channel)

Thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard, some $500 million worth of cocaine will never make it to u-s streets.

On Thursday, the Coast Guard showed an estimated 8.5 tons of cocaine it recovered in 15 separate busts. The cocaine was seized in international waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean, off the coasts of Mexico, Central, and South America.

Together, the plastic-wrapped bails of cocaine weigh about as much as three male elephants.

The drugs were offloaded with cranes at Port Everglades in fort Lauderdale, Florida. The delivery also brought in 49 suspects, who will be prosecuted in south Florida.

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