Coast Guard Cutter James offloads 28,000 lbs of cocaine, 11,000 lbs of marijuana

The Coast Guard Cutter James crew stands aboard the cutter October 28, 2019, Port Everglades, Florida. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Erik Villa Rodriguez

The Coast Guard Cutter James crew stands aboard the cutter October 28, 2019 in Port Everglades, Florida. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Erik Villa Rodriguez

Fort Lauderdale – The Coast Guard Cutter James (WMSL-754) crew offloaded approximately 27,300 pounds of seized cocaine worth an estimated $367 million and 11,000 pounds of seized marijuana worth an estimated $10.1 million at Port Everglades on Monday.

The drugs were interdicted in international waters of the Caribbean Basin and the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America and include contraband seized and recovered in 18 separate interdictions of suspected drug smuggling vessels by U.S. Coast Guard:

  • The Coast Guard Cutter Valiant (WMEC-621) crew was responsible for two cases, seizing approximately 4,184 pounds of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Spencer (WMEC-905) crew was responsible for one interdiction seizing approximately 1,477 pounds of cocaine.
  • The cutter James crew was responsible for five interdictions seizing approximately 7,022 pounds of cocaine and 4,085 pounds marijuana.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Northland (WMEC-904) was responsible for two interdictions seizing more than 12,214 pounds of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Harriett Lane (WMEC-903) crew was responsible for two cases, seizing nearly 750 pounds of cocaine and 5,540 pounds of marijuana.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC-910) crew was responsible for one case, seizing approximately 160 pounds of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Venturous (WMEC-625) crew was responsible for one case, seizing approximately 890 pounds of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Confidence (WMEC-619) crew was responsible for one case, seizing nearly 110 pounds of cocaine and 1,600 pounds of marijuana.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC-913) crew was responsible for one case, seizing approximately 1,930 pounds of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant (WMEC-617) crew was responsible for one case, seizing approximately 800 pounds of cocaine.

“The offload of over 13 tons of drugs represents the efforts of not only 10 Coast Guard cutters over 18 separate interdictions, but also the commitment and dedication of international allies and partners, like the Colombians, as we work together to disrupt the networks that profit from their them,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jason Neiman, Seventh Coast Guard District public affairs officer.

The cutter Valiant is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Mayport, Florida. The cutter Spencer is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Boston, Massachusetts. The cutter James is a 418-foot legend-class cutter homeported in Charleston, South Carolina. The cutter Northland is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia. The cutter Harriett Lane is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia. The cutter Thetis is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Key West, Florida. The cutter Venturous is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in St. Petersburg, Florida. The cutter Confidence is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Port Canaveral, Florida. The cutter Mohawk is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Key West, Florida. The cutter Vigilant is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Port Canaveral, Florida.


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