The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James offloaded over 33,200 pounds of cocaine and 12,400 pounds of marijuana worth approximately $448 million in Port Everglades Thursday.
The drug seizures occurred during thirteen separate cases in the international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
Various Coast Guard vessels supported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations, and the Joint Interagency Task Force South were involved.
“This offload is about national security,” said Vice Admiral Kevin Lunday, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area.
“It represents one part of a very large and strong interagency team that works closely with our allies and international partners to interdict maritime smuggling of dangerous and illegal drugs into the United States, “Lunday stated.