ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WTSP/CNN) - The U.S. Coast Guard unloaded nearly two tons of seized cocaine in Saint Petersburg, Florida, Wednesday morning.
Officials say the cocaine was destined for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The seizures started on November 25th with the discovery of a little more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine off the coast of the Dominican Republic.
Two days later, the second seizure snagged 1,800 pounds of cocaine in roughly the same area.
"There's been a recent rise in crime in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They suspect it's correlated to illegal drug trafficking, so they've recently pumped up Coast Guard presence," said Lt. Kjell Rommerdahl.
The cocaine has a street value of about $45 million dollars.
The seizures are part of an operation that has netted 20,000 pounds of seized cocaine, and 6,900 pounds of marijuana over the last five months.