VIDEO: More than $411.3 million
Published on December 16th, 2020
Miami, FL (December 16, 2020) – The Coast Guard Cutter James crew today offloaded more than 23,000 pounds of cocaine and nearly 8,800 pounds of marijuana worth more than $411.3 million at Port Everglades.
The Coast Guard’s strong international relationships, with key partners like the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands, along with our specialized capabilities and unmatched authorities, allow for a unity of effort to disrupt transnational crime organizations, which threaten America and our partner nations.
The drugs were interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, including contraband seized and recovered during 20 interdictions of suspected drug smuggling vessels by eight American and United Kingdom ships:
• Coast Guard Cutter James, a 418-foot national security cutter home ported in Charleston, South Carolina.
• Coast Guard Cutter Seneca, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Boston, Massachusetts.
• Coast Guard Cutter Reliance, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Pensacola, Florida.
• Coast Guard Cutter Legare, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter home ported in Portsmouth, Virginia.
• Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Doyle, a 154-foot fast-response cutter homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
• USS William P. Lawrence, a 509-foot Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
• USS Gabrielle Giffords, a 418-foot Independence-class littoral combat ship homeported in San Diego, California.
• Royal Fleet Auxiliary Argus, a 574-foot ship homeported in Portsmouth, United Kingdom.