Coast Guard scheduled to unload 7 tons of cocaine at Port Everglades
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CBS12) —
The U.S. Coast Guard will unload 14,000 pounds of cocaine in Port Everglades on Tuesday.
According to a news release, the crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton will offload about $190 million worth of cocaine seized in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Crews found the drugs off the coasts of Mexico and Central and South America.
Multiple crews seized the cocaine from 7 different cases.
"The hard work of all our servicemen and women, along with our allied partners, directly contributed to the interdiction of 7 tons of cocaine at sea," said commanding officer Captain Mark Gordon in a statement. "It truly is a team effort stopping these drugs from entering the United States, but more important than the drugs themselves are the arrests and the linkages these cases represent and the steps closer to dismantling the criminal networks that tried to move them into the United States."
According to a news release, the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin are known drug transit zones.
The Coast Guard is scheduled to unload the drugs at 8 a.m.