- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) - A Coast Guard cutter that recovered 71 pounds of cocaine and rescued 42 migrants in the Caribbean Sea during a tour of duty is returning to New Jersey.

The Coast Guard says the Dependable is expected to return to Cape May on Friday after a 60-day deployment.

The service says the recovered drugs are worth an estimated $800,000.

They were recovered after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection aircraft detected a ship without navigation lights. As the cutter approached smugglers began dumping packages into the water. The crew then fired warning shots to stop the vessel and recovered the 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 their country of origin.

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