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Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton Offloads More Than 20,000 Pounds of Illegal Drugs, 15 Gallons of Liquefied Cocaine

The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL-753) crew offloaded more than 18,700 pounds of cocaine, nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana and 15 gallons of liquefied cocaine, all worth more than an estimate $324 million, April 3, 2020 at Port Everglades, Florida. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally)

The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL-753) crew offloaded more than 18,700 pounds of cocaine, nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana and 15 gallons of liquefied cocaine, all worth more than an estimate $324 million Friday at Port Everglades.

The drugs were interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, including contraband seized and recovered during 15 interdictions of suspected drug smuggling vessels by nine American and Canadian ships:

  • The cutter Hamilton was responsible for two interdictions, seizing approximately 3,930 pounds of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Legare (WMEC-912) was responsible for three interdictions seizing approximately 1,640 pounds of cocaine and 690 pounds of marijuana.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant (WMEC-617) was responsible for three interdictions seizing approximately 4,720 pounds of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC-913) was responsible for two interdictions seizing approximately 940 pounds of cocaine and 1,500 gallons of liquefied cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa (WMEC-902) was responsible one interdiction seizing approximately 2,680 pounds of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma (WMEC-908) was responsible one interdiction seizing approximately 730 pounds of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC-623) was responsible one interdiction seizing approximately 1,250 pounds of cocaine.
  • The USS Tornado (PC-14) was responsible one interdiction seizing approximately 650 pounds of cocaine and 850 pounds of marijuana.
  • The HMCS Nanaimo (MM-702) was responsible one interdiction seizing approximately 2,430 pounds of cocaine.

“These seizures highlight how effective the U.S. Coast Guard and our partners are working together to disrupt the flow of illicit drugs into the United States,” said Capt. Timothy Cronin, commanding officer of the cutter Hamilton. “Not only do we keep these harmful substances off our streets, but we chip away at the Transnational Criminal Organizations that fuel violence and instability in the Western Hemisphere. I am always proud of this crew, but to witness their resiliency and dedication while their families at home deal with the nationwide crisis has been nothing short of remarkable.”

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Staff on Homeland Security Today

Published: April 08, 2020

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