Port Everglades has received delivery of cocaine and marijuana worth more than $350 million, courtesy the U.S Coast Guard and two Canadian naval ships.
An estimated 26,000 pounds of cocaine and 1,500 pounds of marijuana arrived at the port Thursday morning following drug interdiction operations in the eastern Pacific off the coasts of Mexico and Central and South America, officials said.
More than a dozen drug smuggling vessels were intercepted by the Coast Guard cutters Hamilton, Resolute and Mohawk, and the Royal Canadian Navy ships Whitehorse and Yellowknife.
The crew of the Hamilton delivered the seized drugs to Port Everglades.
"The crew of Hamilton has shown the utmost commitment and dedication to the Coast Guard and to the United States over the course of the last three months," said Capt. Mark Gordon, Hamilton's commanding officer in a statement. "Without their determination these criminal organizations would continue to spread fear and violence throughout the Americas."
Kevin McAleenan, acting-Secretary of Homeland Security, said these drug seizures will hurt those who ply their toxic trade on the streets of America.
"[That's] $350 million, of street value, that's not going to go to some of the most violent criminals in the world," he said at Port Everglades Thursday morning.
Rear Admiral Peter Brown echoed that sentiment, at the news conference, before the narcotics were offloaded from the ship.
"We are denying profits to criminal networks that corrupt governments, that foment violence, and literally export poison to the United States and other countries," he said.
The interdiction operations target trans-national criminal organizations in conjunction with the Joint Inter-agency Task Force-South, Department of Defense, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Justice, and several other international law enforcement agencies.
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