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Video: Coast Guard seizes nearly $26 million worth of cocaine, marijuana in Caribbean Sea

Coast Guard Cutter Legare crew members offload about 3,900 pounds of marijuana in the rain, Aug. 5, 2020, Port Everglades, Florida. The drugs were interdicted by crews from Coast Guard Cutter Winslow Greisser (WPC 1116) and U.S.S Shamal, respectively, while on patrol in the Caribbean Sea from suspected drug smuggling vessels. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole J. Groll)
August 10, 2020

The U.S. Coast Guard hauled in a large load of drugs into Fort Lauderdale Wednesday, offloading nearly $26 million worth of cocaine and marijuana.

The crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare, Winslow Griesser and Cyclone-class patrol ship USS Shamal offloaded about 3,900 pounds of marijuana and about 1,100 pounds of cocaine at Port Everglades. The drugs are estimated to be worth $25.7 million.

The drugs were seized from suspected drug-smuggling vessels in the Caribbean Sea as part of a counternarcotics operation meant to disrupt the flow of drugs, according to the Coast Guard.

This is a pallet off marijuana offloaded from Coast Guard Cutter Legare in Port Everglades, Florida, Aug. 5, 2020. During at-sea interdictions, a suspect vessel is initially detected and monitored by allied, military or law enforcement personnel coordinated by Joint Interagency Task Force-South based in Key West, Florida. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole J. Groll)

“The fight against drug cartels in the Caribbean Sea requires unity of effort in all phases from detection, monitoring and interdictions, to criminal prosecutions by international partners and U.S. Attorneys Offices in districts across the nation,” the Coast Guard said.


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