- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) - A Coast Guard cutter that recovered $800,000 worth of cocaine and rescued 42 migrants in the Caribbean Sea during a tour of duty has returned to New Jersey.

The Coast Guard says the Dependable returned to Cape May on Friday morning after a 60-day deployment.

The drugs were found after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection aircraft detected a ship without navigation lights.

As the cutter approached, authorities say smugglers began dumping packages into the water. The crew then fired warning shots to stop the vessel and recovered 71 pounds in drugs.

The crew also rescued 42 migrants attempting voyages in overloaded vessels and gave medical care to more than 200 others before returning them to Cuba and Haiti.

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