Coast Guard seizes $360M of cocaine
MIAMI BEACH – The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday offloaded 27,000 pounds of cocaine worth about $360 million in Miami Beach after intercepting 12 vessels suspected of smuggling drugs through the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
The massive cocaine load was confiscated off the coasts of Mexico and other countries in Central and South America. The operations took place from January to March, Vice Admiral Daniel Abel, Coast Guard deputy commandant for operations, said on Friday.
Abel thanked several law enforcement agencies, including international ones, for coming together to seize the drug “in bulk form.”
“If you catch it by the tons, you do not have to chase it by the kilos in the streets of Miami, Los Angeles and New York,” he said.
Abel said each metric ton is estimated to spur 30 to 40 violent murders in the host nation.