Coast Guard Stops A Ton of Smuggled Marijuana

The U.S. Coast Guard announced this morning that it had confiscated more than a ton of marijuana from two smuggling vessels in the Caribbean Sea this weekend. The contraband was offloaded in St. Petersburg this morning.

In total, 2600 pounds of marijuana were seized from 2 separate ships. The drugs have an estimated street value of $2.2 million.

Seven accused smugglers were taken into custody.

Photo taken by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley Johnson

In this photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley Johnson, Coast Guard Cutter Resolute crewmembers pose alongside the ton of marijuana they seized from two smuggling ships on Saturday.

In other drug news, Nogales Border Patrol announced that their agents arrested a 19-year-old male Mexican man after they found 5 packages of heroin hidden in his car Saturday. The man, who has not been publicly identified, was trying to enter the country at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint.

The packages weighed in at more than 8 pounds and are worth around $97,000.


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