More than 23,000 pounds of cocaine and nearly 8,800 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $411.3 million, were offloaded by the US Coast Guard Cutter James on Wednesday at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after a series of busts in international waters.
The US Coast Guard said in a press release that the drugs were “interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central, and South America.” Eight American and UK vessels seized contraband from 20 suspected drug smuggling ships.
“This patrol highlights our crew’s continued commitment to protecting the American people from our adversaries,” said Capt. Todd Vance, James’ commanding officer.
Vance continued: “Despite COVID, the James crew demonstrated supreme resilience, and the results of their exceptional performance are being showcased today.”
Vance told CBS Miami that “with absolute certainty, we know that each interdiction saves life and helps to protect others from violence, extortion, and instability.”
With the drugs in the federal government’s custody – the question we ask is what happens to all the cocaine and marijuana?