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Coast Guard unloads 10 tons of cocaine, 23 kilos of heroin in Florida

Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba crewmembers offload more than 3 tons of cocaine in Port Everglades, Florida Monday, Aug. 7, 2017.

RYAN KELLEY/U.S. COAST GUARD

By TONYA ALANEZ | Sun Sentinel | Published: November 15, 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Tribune News Service) — The U.S. Coast Guard unloaded nearly 10 tons of cocaine and 23 kilos of heroin Tuesday at Port Everglades.

The drugs were seized during 14 separate drug smuggling busts in international waters off the coasts of Mexico and Central America, authorities said.

“This offload today is not just the result of one unit, but the combined efforts of multiple Coast Guardcutters, aircraft and support, as well as that of our partners and allied men and women who continue to work day and night to stop these criminal organizations from profiting off transnational crime and smuggling,” said Commander John McTamney.

The estimated wholesale value of the drugs was $300 million, Coast Guard officials said.

“While this offload represents approximately 10 tons of illicit drugs that will never hit our streets, it also represents a significant depletion to the cash flow to these criminal organizations,” he said.

The interdictions, including actual boarding of smugglers’ vessels, are led and conducted by the Coast Guard.

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Seized contraband being temporarily held on the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer’s fantail prior to disposition at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.
BRANDON MURRAY/U.S. COAST GUARD

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