More than 13 tons of cocaine seized in international water of the eastern Pacific Ocean from late June to mid-July was offloaded in San Diego Friday by the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast. The drugs, worth an estimated $350 million, were seized from six suspected smuggling vessels and two floating cocaine bales found off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America by the Coast Guard cutters Robert Ward and Steadfast, according to a statement from the U.S. Coast Guard. The suspects managed to dump out drugs worth more than an estimated $10 million before Guardsmen caught up with them. The bundles represent a changing tide in the flow of drugs as cartels shift smuggling routes from the Caribbean to the Pacific Ocean.
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