Coast Guard Rescues Sea Turtle Trapped In $53 Million Worth Of Cocaine

The Coast Guard discovered and rescued a sea turtle tangled up in 26 bales of cocaine worth more than $50 million in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Are drug smugglers using sea animals to transport contraband?

Not exactly.

However, the United States Coast Guard did have to rescue a sea turtle found entangled in bales of cocaine worth millions of dollars.

According to NBC News, the crew of the cutter Thetis discovered the turtle in the eastern Pacific after a military plane noticed a debris field of 26 packages strung together, which turned out to be 800 kilograms of cocaine. The drugs were worth approximately $53 million.

The poor animal had streaks around its neck and fins, prompting authorities to believe it had been trapped for an extended period of time.

“There were some marks on her neck, so she may have been there a day or two,” said Commander Jose Diaz. 

It is suspected that the load was dumped by drug traffickers who, clearly, have no regard for wildlife. 

The U.S. Department of Defense released the heartbreaking video of the rescue on social media, prompting a wide range of reactions, including outrage, humor, and praise for the rescuers. 

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