US Coast Guard offloads narcotics worth $86 million

By: News Desk      Published: 01:49 AM, 22 Oct, 2020
US Coast Guard offloads narcotics worth $86 million

The US Coast Guard offloaded over 11,000 pounds of seized cocaine and marijuana in South Florida following a months-long counter-narcotics patrol, reported FOX 13 News.

Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba worked together to offload 3,250 pounds of cocaine, 440 pounds of liquid cocaine, and 7,700 pounds of marijuana at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on Friday.

The Coast Guard interdicted five vessels and detained 15 suspected narcotics traffickers as they attempted to smuggle the illegal drugs with an estimated street value of $85.9 million.

The operation was part of a presidential initiative designed to disrupt transnational criminal organizations in Central and South America, the Coast Guard said.

"The fight against drug cartels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean requires unity of effort in all phases from detection, monitoring and interdictions, to criminal prosecutions by international partners and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in districts across the nation," read a statement from the Coast Guard.