Coast Guard un­loads 10 tons of co­caine at Port Ever­glades

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - By Tonya Alanez Staff writer

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 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 Guard cut­ters, 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 is $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 said.

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

tealanez@sun-sen­tinel.com, 954-356-4542 or Twit­ter @ta­lanez

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