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10-28-2016, 02:33 PM
The crew of the Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter Waesche seized more than $73 million worth of cocaine, Coast Guard officials announced Thursday morning.

The nearly three tons of cocaine were found in a vessel off the coast of Central America last month.

The Coast Guard seized more than 416,600 pounds of cocaine worth over $5.6 billion between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, a record for the service.

Crews will offload more than 39,000 pounds of the drug at 10 a.m. Thursday morning in San Diego, Coast Guard officials said.

“With every interdiction, we learn more about transnational organized crime networks that generate profit and proliferate power from a laundry list of illicit activities,” Vice Adm. Fred Midgette, the commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area, said in a statement