U.S. Coast Guard Offloads More Than $330 Million of Illegal Narcotics at Port Everglades

Two Coast Guard Atlantic Area-based cutters were able to seize more than $330 million worth of illegal narcotics from ships in the eastern Pacific Ocean and offloaded the drugs at Port Lauderdale, officials said on Monday.

According to authorities, a U.S. Coast Guard crew, also referred to as Campbell, was able to offload more than 7,200 pounds of cocaine on Thursday that worth more than $123 million, while the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane crew offloaded approximately 11,800 pounds of cocaine and marijuana on Monday that worth more than $206 million.

The U.S. Southern Command has been revamping its counter-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere since April 1, 2020 in order to disrupt the transportation and selling of illegal drugs.

As part of this undertaking, the Coast Guard crews, together with the U.S. Navy ships, intercepted 14 cargo vessels in the eastern Pacific Ocean to confiscate the drugs.

According to the press release, the seized drugs had been transported to South Florida since the Miami-based 7th Coast Guard District is the one responsible for the law enforcement proceedings regarding counter-smuggling operations in the Caribbean Sea.

Editors Note: Story “COASTGUARD-NARCOTIC-SEIZURE-FL” corrected on 09.02.2021 10:42

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