Nearly 100 drug smugglers arrested after U.S. Coast Guard seizes over 26 tons of cocaine

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Officials say more than 26 tons of cocaine worth $715 million wholesale have been seized by the U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy.

Approximately 100 suspected drug smugglers were arrested at sea and turned over to federal authorities, said Vice Adm. Karl Schultz, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area.

Over the course of 10 weeks, the inter-agency operation intercepted 27 shipments and five bale recovery efforts.

Schultz said the drugs came from several areas of South America.

Coast Guard teams have been aboard several ships and have been seizing drugs since Oct. 1.

“This not only showcases the threat posed by dangerous cartels, gangs and criminal groups that make up extensive transitional organized crime networks, but it also highlights the commitment of the Coast Guard and its inter-agency partners…to detect, interdict, investigate and prosecute operatives for these criminal networks,” Schultz said in a statement.