Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Charleston Coast Guard cutter unloads 37,000 pounds of cocaine in South Florida

Here's what $500 million worth of coke looks like

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 11:15 AM

click to enlarge More than 18 tons of cocaine were recently seized by the Coast Guard in the Eastern Pacific - COAST GUARD PHOTO / PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS JONATHAN LALLY
  • Coast Guard Photo / Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally
  • More than 18 tons of cocaine were recently seized by the Coast Guard in the Eastern Pacific
Ever wondered what 18.5 tons of cocaine looks like? The Charleston-based Coast Guard Cutter James can help. Last week, Guardsmen from the James assisted in offloading approximately 37,000 pounds of coke seized as part of anti-drug trafficking measures in international waters in the Eastern Pacific.

The seized drugs unloaded at Port Everglades, Fla., have a street value of over $500 million, according to an announcement of the operation on Monday.

The offload, Joint Base Charleston says, represents 15 separate seizures, with the James responsible for the largest share, over 19,000 pounds of total haul.

The James is a 418-foot cutter that has been based in the Charleston area since earlier this year.
click to enlarge The cutter James is based in Charleston - COAST GUARD PHOTO
  • Coast Guard photo
  • The cutter James is based in Charleston

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