US Coast Guard offloads $715,000,000 worth of cocaine

Miami, Fla. – The Crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton offloaded an estimated 26.5 tons of cocaine Thursday.

The USCG estimates the drugs are worth around $715 million wholesale value. The drugs were seized in international water off the eastern Pacific Ocean from 27 suspected drug smuggling vessels.

“This not only showcases the threat posed by dangerous cartels, gangs and criminal groups that make up extensive transitional organized crime networks, but it also highlights the commitment of the Coast Guard and its interagency partner’s efforts to detect, interdict, investigate and prosecute operatives for these criminal networks,” said Vice Adm. Karl Schultz, commander, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area.

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