The U.S. Coast Guard seized more than $367 million worth of cocaine in Fort Lauderdale
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded more than 27,300 pounds of cocaine in Fort Lauderdale on Monday. The drugs have an estimated value of $367 million.
Officials said the cocaine was seized in international waters of the Caribbean Basin and the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico as well as Central and South America. It arrived aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James.
In addition to the cocaine, the Coast Guard also offloaded 11,000 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $10.1 million.
“These drugs will not reach Main Street USA due to the efforts of the James crew and other Coast Guard cutters involved in these interdictions” explained Capt. Jeffrey Randall, commanding officer of the James. “The James crew conducted counter-drug operations with the cooperative efforts with regional partner nations, like Columbia, Costa Rica and alongside the agencies involved in Operation Martillo to stop the flow of illegal narcotics into the United States.
The total includes contraband seized and recovered in 18 separate interdictions of suspected drug smuggling vessels by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Watch video of the offloading process below courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard: