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Coast Guard offloads 600 pounds of marijuana in FL

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MIAMI (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard has offloaded 600 pounds of marijuana and transferred one suspected drug smuggler to federal agents in Key West.

A press release says that the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk was diverted to the scene after a suspicious boat was seen in the Caribbean on Saturday. Crew members saw one person throw several packages overboard.

The Coast Guard says 68 packages were recovered from the water - and all tested positive for marijuana. Four suspected drug smugglers were transferred to Jamaica officials.

A fourth person was taken to agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency in Key West, along with the 68 bales of marijuana that had an estimated wholesale value of more than $500,000.


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