Coast Guard offloads $78M worth of cocaine in San Diego

Posted at 7:50 AM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 15:47:01-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A U.S. Coast Guard crew arrived in San Diego Tuesday to offload more than 5,000 pounds of cocaine worth over $78 million that was seized in Central America.

Coast Guard officials said the Coast Guard Cutter Active, based in Washington, seized the drugs in mid-May during operations in international waters off the coast of Central America.

Six suspected drug smugglers were also arrested and are expected to be prosecuted in the U.S., officials said.

Once dropped off at the Port of San Diego, the cocaine will be turned over to Drug Enforcement Administration agents so they can destroy the drugs.

The Active will return to its Washington homeport in the coming days.