Coast Guard unloads $500M in cocaine from 20 seizures

Coast Guard unloads $500M in cocaine from 20 seizures

The Hamilton's crew worked with about seven other Coast Guard crews and a Royal Canadian Navy ship to seize the drugs along the coasts of Central and South America.

The US Coast Guard unloaded cocaine in South Florida worth almost $500million from 20 separate seizures in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Thursday's cocaine show-and-tell comes about five months after a 26-ton unloading through a similar effort by the Coast Guard and other partner agencies.

Contraband captured by the US Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton during a patrol.

The crew of the 418' Coast Guard cutter Hamilton offloaded approximately 18.5 tons (16,856 kilograms) of cocaine Thursday in Port Everglades, Fla.

Numerous U.S. agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security are involved in the effort to combat transnational organized crime.

"Building global partnerships is at the heart of this effort".

To the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for processing. "Our efforts to interdict modern maritime smugglers involves intricately choreographed actions of joint, interagency and worldwide operations centers, aircraft and vessels operating in concert against stealthy and well-funded global criminal smuggling organizations".

The eastern Pacific is a prime smuggling route for cocaine headed to Mexico, where it is typically brought into the U.S.

The illicit cargo was seized in 17 separate raids on smugglers in global waters of the eastern Pacific off Central and South America shores. During at-sea interdictions in global waters, a suspect vessel is initially located and tracked by allied military or law enforcement personnel. The law enforcement phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific are conducted under the authority of the 11th Coast Guard District headquartered in Alameda, Calif.