Big haul: $40 million in cocaine brought into Port Everglades by Coast Guard

The Coast Guard offloads $40 million worth of cocaine Friday at Port Everglades in Broward.
The Coast Guard offloads $40 million worth of cocaine Friday at Port Everglades in Broward.


Cocaine valued at $40 million was offloaded by the U.S. Coast Guard Friday morning at Port Everglades.

About 1,212 kilograms of cocaine were unloaded by crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous.

The cocaine was seized during two interdictions in the Caribbean Sea in early November as part of Operation Martillo.

The first interdiction took place Nov. 2 when a go-fast vessel was spotted and the suspected smugglers were seen throwing suspicious packages off the boat. The Coast Guard recovered 19 packages that later tested positive for cocaine.

During the same patrol, a second go-fast vessel was also spotted and those on board were seen throwing several packages off the boat during their attempt to get away from law enforcement. The Coast Guard recovered 22 packages on that boat which tested positive for cocaine.

Lt. Commander Gabe Somma said the 7th Coast Guard District, which covers the southeastern United States, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, also unloaded $12 million in cocaine in Tampa and around $32 million in Puerto Rico this week.

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