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U.S. Coast Guard intercepts $420 million worth of cocaine along the coast of Central and South America

March 28, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
U.S. Coast Guard intercepts $420 million worth of cocaine along the coast of Central and South America AP PHOTO

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U.S. Coast Guard seize tons of cocaine off the coasts of Central and South America

The United States Coast Guard secured the seizure of a massive haul of cocaine weighing an astounding 16 tons and with an estimated street value worth a staggering $420 million during a drug bust along the Pacific coasts of Central and South America.

U.S. Coast Guard officials said during a press conference on Tuesday at Port Everglades in Florida that the bust was part of several narcotics shipments seized during a 17 drug-smuggling interdictions along Central and South America over a 26-day period.

According to CBS Miami, the Coast Guard along with Canadian ships and a Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment team conducted the latest interdiction, which resulted in the arrests of 30 presumed drug traffickers.

The Coast Guard offloaded approximately 16.2 tons of seized cocaine, worth an estimated $420 million in wholesale value (PHOTO U.S. Coast Guard

Officials estimated the total value of the seizures to be over $1 billion.

The largest interceptions were made by the USS Coast Guard cutter James and Coast Guard helicopter squadron, which seized a total of 5.1 tons of cocaine, while the cutter Mohawk secured  5.7 tons during seven seizures.

The cutter Tampa seized about 3 tons of cocaine during three interdictions while the cutter Sherman was responsible for a bust, seizing about a ton of the illicit white powder.

“With this ship, we’re capable of owning the night; they’re just not carrying cocaine. They’re delivering violence, corruption, and instability to a part of the world – the Western Hemisphere – that just can’t afford it,” said the James’ Captain Mark Fedor.

According to Captain Keith Gavin, the Coast Guard helicopter squadron averages about 12 interdictions every month. “As I like to say, unfortunately, business is good for us. And I wish it wasn’t,” Gavin stated said.

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