Coast Guard returns to port with major 16-ton drug haul

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In less than a month, the US Coast Guard seized 16 tons of cocaine worth $420 million in a South and Central American drug bust, according to reports on Tuesday.

The street value of the drugs was reportedly more than $1 billion.

“The drugs were found over a 26-day period through 17 drug-smuggling interdictions along Central and South America,” said Coast Guard officials, “and more than 30 alleged drug smugglers were arrested.”

Coast Guard and Canadian ships working with the Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment team patrolled the coasts, with the biggest seizures made by the Coast Guard Cutter James and the Coast Guard’s helicopter squad.

“With this ship, we’re capable of owning the night,” said the James’ captain Mark Fedor. “They’re just not carrying cocaine. They’re delivering violence, corruption, and instability to a part of the world – the Western Hemisphere – that just can’t afford it.”

Captain Keith Gavin said the helicopter squadron does an average of 12 interdictions a month.

“As I like to say, unfortunately, business is good for us. And I wish it wasn’t,” he said.

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H/T: New York Post

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