Coast Guard seizes 40,000 pounds of drugs; Pence on hand

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CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has offloaded tons of cocaine and marijuana seized from boats and even a semi-submarine in the Pacific.

Vice President Mike Pence was on hand Thursday as 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana were taken off the cutter Munro at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado.

Vice President Mike Pence welcomes the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro back to the U.S. as they turn over 39,000…

Posted by U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Coast Guard says the drugs have an estimated street value of $569 million.

The drugs were seized in 14 operations since May in international waters off Mexico and Central and South America.

Fifty-five smuggling suspects were taken into custody.

The agency released dramatic video of armed crew members boarding a semi-submersible racing through the waves off of South America last month. Photos also were released of the Coast Guard sinking drug boats.

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