The US Coast Guard has dumped $475 million worth of drugs seized from smugglers in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific, officials said.
The Coast Guard dumped the massive cargo Thursday in Miami Beach after two of its ships, a US Navy ship and a Royal Netherlands Navy ship, intercepted the drugs, the Coast Guard said.
A total of 24,700 pounds of cocaine and 3,892 pounds of marijuana were seized in the operation.
“I’m proud of the crew’s continued dedication to duty that made this discharge possible,” said Cdr. Jeremy M. Greenwood, commanding officer of Legare, a 270-foot Coast Guard cutter based in Virginia.
“Through the coordinated efforts of the Legare, the LEDETs, the HNLMS Groningen, the CGC James and the crews of the USS Billings, we have been instrumental in the fight against drugs and the dismantling of transnational criminal organizations. Drugs seized through this coordinated effort will result in significantly fewer drug overdoses.”
The Coast Guard said stopping drug traffickers on the high seas could require significant coordination with other agencies and other nations, including the Netherlands, which has three territories in the Caribbean: Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten.
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