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Rescuing a turtle they found $53 million worth of cocaine! - video

The Florida Coast Guard can say it received its Christmas present extra early this year. It’s all thanks to a sea turtle that a US Coast Guard patrol tried to rescue. The animal got stuck because it had become entangled in lines leading directly to a $53 million load of cocaine. The incident occurred on
Published: December 25, 2017 - 12:49
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 16:13
Rescuing a turtle they found $53 million worth of cocaine! – video

The Florida Coast Guard can say it received its Christmas present extra early this year. It’s all thanks to a sea turtle that a US Coast Guard patrol tried to rescue. The animal got stuck because it had become entangled in lines leading directly to a $53 million load of cocaine.

The incident occurred on 19 November, but was only reported a week ago. The crew of the vessel “Thetis”, which had been on a mission to patrol the eastern Pacific for 68 days, encountered a sea turtle that became completely entangled in a tangle of lines, buoys and strange packages drifting in the water. As it turned out, it was a cargo of cocaine amounting to over 800kg!

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Fortunately, the animal survived and ended up with only numerous and severe abrasions from its attempts to free itself. The tortoise was rescued and returned to its freedom.

During the entire mission, the US Coast Guard unit seized nearly 7 tonnes of cocaine worth nearly $135 million! Twenty-four people were also detained and will face charges for their involvement in drug trafficking.

The huge amount of cocaine that has not been trafficked into the US shows the enormity of the problem faced by the US authorities. After all, the drugs seized are only a fraction of what the cartels are trying to smuggle across the border.

Source: uscg.mil

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