Coast Guard seized $5 billion in drugs last year

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CLEARWATER, Florida (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard seized illegal drugs worth more than $5 billion last year.

Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen says crews helped the FBI and other federal agencies seize or disrupt delivery of 175 tons of cocaine and 35 tons of marijuana on the sea in 2009. Fifty-eight vessels were seized, and 322 people were arrested.

Allen, chairman of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy's Interdiction Committee, spoke Friday at the Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater.

The Coast Guard is the nation's lead agency for maritime law enforcement

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