The 12 tons of cocaine and one ton of marijuana that were delivered to Port Everglades by the Coast Guard Cutter Legare Tuesday cost drug dealers some $400 million in wholesale proceeds, officials said.
According to the Coast Guard, the drugs offloaded from the cutter were seized recently in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean during 17 separate interdictions.
Coast Guard vessels and ships from the Canadian Navy were involved in the seizures off the coasts of Mexico and Central and South America, officials said.
The drugs have a wholesale worth estimated at $390 million, according to Coast Guard officials.
The ongoing multinational effort that involves several federal U.S. agencies is meant to combat transnational organized crime.
"Today's offload sends them a message that our network of partners and allies remains resolute in our commitment to stem the flow of illicit trafficking that breeds instability," Cmdr. Jonathan Carter, commanding officer of the Legare, said.
Once offloaded, seized drugs are typically sent to a federal lab where some of it is tested. Some will be kept as evidence for trials while the remainder is destroyed.
The 17 seizures, according to the Coast Guard, were:
--The Coast Guard Cutter Reliance was responsible for one case, seizing an estimated 1,200 kilograms of marijuana.
--The Coast Guard Cutter Legare was responsible for five cases, seizing an estimated 2,051kilograms of cocaine and 8 kilograms of marijuana.
--The Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane was responsible for one case, seizing an estimated 907 kilograms of cocaine.
--The Coast Guard Cutter Decisive was responsible for two cases, seizing an estimated 430 kilograms of cocaine.
--The Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast was responsible for four cases seizing an estimated 1730 kilograms of cocaine.
--HMCS Whitehorse was responsible for two cases, seizing an estimated 1,540 kilograms of cocaine.
--HMCS Edmonton was responsible for one case, seizing an estimated 451 kilograms of cocaine kilograms of cocaine.
--The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable was responsible for one case seizing an estimated 454 kilograms of cocaine.
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