Coast Guard Seizes 13 Tons of Cocaine & Weed Worth Nearly $400 Million


On Tuesday, the US Coast Guard docked in Florida where they offloaded hundreds of millions of dollars worth of confiscated drugs. More than 12 tons of cocaine and a ton of marijuana was unloaded at Port Everglades–the result of several seizures done in international waters.

Valued at nearly $400 million, the contraband was offloaded from the Coast Guard Cutter Legare, having been gathered in several busts off the Pacific coast of Mexico as well as Central and South America.

The Legare alone was responsible for five seizures, bringing in 4,500 pounds of cocaine. Meanwhile, the Coast Guard Cutter Reliance brought in 2,600 pounds of weed in a single bust. Canadian forces assisted in some of the busts as well.

“What these numbers represent is an increased commitment by the US and international partners to combat transnational criminal networks and promote stability in the Central American region, along [with] the US southern border, and in the southern maritime approaches to the US,” said Cmdr. Jonathan Carter, commanding officer of the Legare, in a statement. “Today’s offload sends them a message that our network of partners and allies remains resolute in our commitment to stem the flow of illicit trafficking that breeds instability.”

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