US Coast Guard Offloads 12 Tons of Cocaine and 1 Ton of Marijuana Worth $390 Million

MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare offloaded approximately 12 tons of cocaine and 1 ton of marijuana on Tuesday in Port Everglades worth an estimated $390 million total wholesale seized in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the drugs were interdicted off the coasts of Mexico, Central, and South America by multiple U.S. Coast Guard cutters and Canadian Naval vessels.

The Coast Guard says the offload represents 17 separate suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions by:

  • The Coast Guard Cutter Reliance was responsible for one case, seizing an estimated 1,200 kilograms of marijuana.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Legare was responsible for five cases, seizing an estimated 2,051 kilograms of cocaine and 8 kilograms of marijuana.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane was responsible for one case, seizing an estimated 907 kilograms of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Decisive was responsible for two cases, seizing an estimated 430 kilograms of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast was responsible for four cases seizing an estimated 1730 kilograms of cocaine.
  • HMCS Whitehorse was responsible for two cases, seizing an estimated 1,540 kilograms of cocaine.
  • HMCS Edmonton was responsible for one case, seizing an estimated 451 kilograms of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable was responsible for one case seizing an estimated 454 kilograms of cocaine.

Numerous U.S. agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security are involved in the effort to combat transnational organized crime. The Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement along with allied and international partner agencies play a role in counter-drug operations. The fight against transnational organized crime networks in the Eastern Pacific requires unity of effort in all phases from detection, monitoring, and interdictions to prosecutions by several U.S. Attorneys’ offices around the nation and authorities in partner nations.

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“What these numbers represent is an increased commitment by U.S. and international partners to combat transnational criminal networks and promote stability in the Central American region, along the U.S. southern border, and in the southern maritime approaches to the U.S.,” said Cmdr. Jonathan Carter, commanding officer of Legare. “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.”

Members of the embarked United States Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment from HMCS Whitehorse approach a fishing vessel during Operation CARIBBE on April 5, 2018. Photo: MARPAC Public Affairs XC052-2018-0001-107 ~ Des membres du détachement d’exécution de la loi de la garde côtière des États Unis du NCSM Whitehorse s’approchent d’un navire de pêche au cours de l’opération CARIBBE, le 5 avril 2018. Photo : Affaires publiques des FMAR(P) XC052-2018-0001-107
Members of the embarked United States Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment from HMCS Whitehorse approach a fishing vessel during Operation CARIBBE on April 5, 2018.
Photo: MARPAC Public Affairs
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The Coast Guard increased the U.S. and allied presence in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin, which are known drug transit zones off of Central and South America, as part of its Western Hemisphere Strategy. During at-sea interdictions in international waters, a suspect vessel is initially located and tracked by allied, military or law enforcement personnel. The interdictions, including the actual boarding, are led and conducted by U.S. Coast Guardsmen. The law enforcement phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific is conducted under the authority of the Coast Guard 11th District headquartered in Alameda, California.

The cutter Legare is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia.

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Source:
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1ea4ee1

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