U.S. Coast Guard rescues turtle tangled in $53 million of cocaine

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Published by : CT WEB 2017-12-21 15:25:01

A U.S. Cost Guard ship helped rescue a sea turtle that was trapped among millions of dollars worth of cocaine.

The Coast Guard Cutter Thetis was investigating a debris field in November when it discovered a large sea turtle entangled in multiple bales of cocaine.

Coast Guard Ens. Mark Krebs said his crew noticed the entangled turtle's neck and and flippers had been chaffed, as they worked to cut it free.

The crew removed 75-feet of line, as it freed the turtle and recovered 1,8000 pounds of cocaine valued at over $53 million.

The Thetis and its crew returned to their homeport in Key West after collecting nearly seven tons of illicit narcotics with a street value over $135 million as part of Operation Martillo, a n effort launched in January 2012 targeting illicit trafficking routes in waters along the Central American isthmus.

(UPI)

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