(WTXL) — U.S. Coast Guard crews are announcing a nearly $400 million drug bust off the Florida coast.
The Coast Guard Cutter James (WMSL-754) crew is scheduled to offload approximately 28,000 pounds of seized cocaine worth an estimated $367 million and approximately 11,000 pounds of seized marijuana worth an estimated $10.1 million at Port Everglades.
At the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James. This is how 28,000 pounds of interdicted cocaine look like.— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) October 28, 2019
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The drugs were intercepted off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America and were seized during 18 separate operations.
“What you see is 19 tons of narcotics seized from 18 separate Coast Guard interdiction events, with a street value worth more than $375 million. These drugs will not reach Main Street USA due to the efforts of the James crew and other Coast Guard cutters involved in these interdictions," said Capt. Jeffrey Randall, Coast Guard Cutter James commanding officer.
Coast Guard officials said it was off-loaded at Florida's Port Everglades.