The Coast Guard seizes 26,000 more pounds of cocaine

Elizabeth Howe
June 07, 2019 - 11:53 am

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The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton arrived at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida yesterday — with 26,000 pounds of cocaine and 1,500 pounds of marijuana.

The cutter seized four cases of illegal drugs in the international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America. 

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“The crew of Hamilton has shown the utmost commitment and dedication to the Coast Guard and to the United States over the course of the last three months," said Capt. Mark Gordon, commanding officer of the cutter Hamilton. "It is incredibly difficult for our crew to be separated from family and loved ones for such an extended period of time, but their perseverance and enthusiasm to conducting this mission was fundamental to our success. Without their determination, these criminal organizations would continue to spread fear and violence throughout the Americas.”

The 418-foot cutter Hamilton is just one of several Coast Guard vessels that have recently seized significant amounts of illegal drugs. 

The Coast Guard Cutter Resolute (WMEC-620) was responsible for four interdictions seizing approximately 7,550 pounds of cocaine. HMCS Yellowknife, also with a Coast Guard law enforcement detachment aboard, was responsible for one interdiction seizing more than 50 pounds of marijuana. The Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC-913) was responsible for five cases, seizing nearly 8,600 pounds of cocaine.

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