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Coast Guard seizes 40,000 pounds of drugs on high seas

Last Updated Jul 11, 2019 at 5:38 pm PDT

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2017, file photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, a Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu conducts a search for five crew members aboard a downed Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter approximately two miles west of Kaena Point, Oahu, Hawaii. A multi-agency team scoured the ocean off Hawaii on Wednesday for the soldiers aboard the Army helicopter that went down during a nighttime training exercise. Officials have suspended the search for five Army soldiers in a helicopter crash during offshore training in Hawaii on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle/U.S. Coast Guard photo via AP, File)

CORONADO, Calif. — 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 17,690 kilograms of cocaine and 423 kilograms of marijuana were taken off the cutter Munro at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado.

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.

The Associated Press