FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard brought nearly 35,000 pounds of cocaine to Florida Tuesday, all seized from drug smuggling cases in the Pacific Ocean.
The Coast Guard Cutter Forward offloaded 34,780 lbs. of cocaine at Port Everglades, a product of three months of operations to disrupt transnational crime organizations.
Six crews seized the drugs from 21 separate vessels stopped in Pacific waters off Mexico and Central and South America. Sharp said the drugs had a wholesale value of roughly $466 million.
The guard's commandant, Adm. Karl Schultz, said in the last few years, crews have seized 1.3 million pounds of cocaine and detained 1,200 suspects at sea.
Schultz said most of the drugs originate in Colombia and are destined for the U.S.
The ships and crews involved in the operation included the Forward, out of Portsmouth, Va; the Hamilton, out of Charleston, SC; the Campbell out of Portsmouth, NH; the Alert from Astoria, OR; the Venturous out of St. Petersburg, FL, and the Confidence out of Port Canaveral, FL.