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The US Coast Guard hauled in a record amount of cocaine this year


The US Coast Guard reported a record cocaine haul in 2016 — more than 416,000 pounds, significantly exceeding the previous record of 367,700 pounds intercepted in 2008.

The haul was seized during 263 Coast Guard counterdrug operations during the last fiscal year, which ran from October 1, 2015, to September 30 this year.

The total wholesale value of the cocaine seized was $5.6 billion, according to the Coast Guard, which said it detained 585 suspects in FY2016, another record that bested the 503 detained in FY2015. – READ MORE

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