Coast Guard offloads $56 million worth of cocaine in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — $56 million worth of cocaine wound up in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon brought 1,735 kilograms of cocaine to St. Pete to offload it. The cocaine is estimated to have a wholesale value of $56 million.

A US Coast Guard spokesperson said the cocaine was confiscated during four separate incidents in coastal waters along the Central American coastline from April 12 through April 21.

Eight suspected drug smugglers were also taken into custody.

The largest amount of cocaine seized was discovered in a small panga fishing boat in the Caribbean Sea. Crews confiscated 750 kilograms of cocaine that had a wholesale value of $22.5 million. Five suspected drug smugglers were taken into custody during this incident.


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