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Coast Guard seizes ton of pot in Caribbean

MIAMI BEACH — The U.S. Coast Guard seized more than a ton of marijuana after intercepting a drug smugglers’ boat in the Caribbean Sea.

The 48 bales of marijuana were unloaded last week at the Coast Guard’s station in Miami Beach. The marijuana is worth an estimated $1.9 million wholesale.

Officials say the Cutter Dependable was on patrol April 23 in the Caribbean when it stopped a speedboat that had been spotted by a Coast Guard helicopter. Four suspected smugglers were taken into custody and the bales later tested positive for marijuana.

Last year, the Coast Guard seized marijuana worth at least $22 million and cocaine worth an estimated $1.8 billion throughout the Caribbean.

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