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U.S. Coast Guard seizes $400M worth of cocaine, marijuana

April 26, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. Coast Guard seizes $400M worth of cocaine, marijuana

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The U.S. Coast Guard seized over 12 tons of cocaine and 1 ton of marijuana on international waters and offloaded the drugs in Florida on Tuesday.

The drugs – which were worth an estimated street value of close to $400 million and were off-loaded in Port Everglades by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare – were the fruits of significant busts off the Pacific coast of Mexico, along with Central and South America.

The huge quantity of drugs was the result of 17 separate drug-smuggling vessel seizures, which included five hauls by the Legare that totaled over 4,500 pounds of cocaine.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Reliance, meanwhile, was responsible for confiscating approximately 2,600 pounds of marijuana in one bust alone.

Canadian Naval vessels also aided in some of the interdictions.

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

US Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Brandon Murray told The New York Post that the seized drugs are usually transferred to federal labs for testing, with parts kept as evidence for trials. T

The remainder is shipped to the DEA, which destroys the substances in a “controlled lab facility.”

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