Over 12 tons of cocaine seized, offloaded in South Florida

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

The United States Coast Guard have offloaded more than 12 tons of cocaine, Thursday, at Port Everglades. The drugs were intercepted in global waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean between mid-October and late November.

The 12.4 tons of cocaine, which the agency says is worth about $378 million, was intercepted in worldwide waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean in October and November. The cutter ship, the Escanaba, then made its way back to the Atlantic for the drop-off. Michael Turdo, said Escanaba crew members conducted five interdiction operations that were responsible for about half of all the cocaine that was seized.

Officials say 16 people were arrested as a result of the numerous busts.

The cutter Escanaba dropped off the almost 12.5 tons of drugs in South Florida, almost two months after capturing the narcotics from several vessels in the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean as part of a joint mission between the Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy. - Key West based Coast Guard cutter Thetis was involved in the operation. In the fiscal year 2014 the Coast Guard seized 22,000 kilograms worth $600 million, in 2015 they seized 52,000 kilograms worth $1.5 billion and in the fiscal year 2016 they captured 73,000 kilograms worth $2.2 billion.

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