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Coast Guard seizes more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine

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Updated: 9/20/2013 7:52 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Coast Guard Cutter Forward has finally arrived at the Mayport Naval Station with more than 2000 pounds of cocaine.

"It's estimated to be (worth) about $27.7 million," said Coast Guard Petty Officer Lauren Jorgensen.

As part of Operation Martillo, the Coast Guard and Navy seized the cocaine from a fishing boat about 260 nautical miles north of the Galapagos Islands.

"They went out, boarded the ship and seized the narcotics and brought them aboard the Navy ship and a short time later transferred the narcotics to the Coast Guard Cutter Forward and they're bringing it back to Mayport," said Jorgensen.

After more than a month at sea, the drugs were unloaded at Mayport Naval Station.
A member aboard the Coast Guard ship said it has taken a lot of work, but they're proud of what's been accomplished.
"Beyond that the strength of our partnership really shows here. They were seized in the Pacific, traded off in the Caribbean and brought back here," said U.S Coast Guard Officer Greg Wisener.

He said he's glad they were able to keep drugs from reaching the streets.
From here, the cocaine will be handed over to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The suspects on the fishing boat have been handed over to Costa Rican authorities.
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