Coast Guard unloads more than 7 tons of cocaine in Fort Lauderdale

Crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk and Tactical Law Enforcement Team South interdict suspected smugglers and evidence on July 3, 2018. The Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement along with allied and international partner agencies play a role in counter-drug operations.


By SANDRA NORTUNEN | The Palm Beach Post, Fla. | Published: August 10, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Tribune News Service) — The U.S. Coast Guard today unloaded more than 7 tons of seized cocaine at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.

Crews from the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk and from at least three other ships confiscated the drugs from early June through mid-July. They were taken from smugglers at sea and from two floating bale fields found off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, according to a news release.

The contraband has an estimated street value of $211 million.

“I couldn't be prouder of Mohawk's crew,” said Cmdr. Bob Kinsey, cutter Mohawk commanding officer. “Today's offload highlights the successes of a dedicated team of multiple cutters and international and interagency partners who remain committed to disabling the illicit smuggling networks that fuel criminal organizations and threaten our economic, national and border security.”

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