$216 million worth of coke, pot unloaded by Coast Guard

Julia LeDoux
September 19, 2020 - 9:33 am
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The crew of the  Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane offloaded approximately 12,100 pounds of cocaine and around 5,759 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $216 million, Thursday, in Port Everglades, Florida.

"This large amount of drugs was seized in just a short 13-day span, shows just how serious the issue is,” said Capt. Dorothy Hernaez, commanding officer of the Cutter Harriet Lane, in a release.

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The drugs were interdicted in 12 separate law enforcement cases by two Coast Guard vessels, three U.S. Navy vessels and two British Royal navy vessels in both the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea during a two week period from Aug. 27 – Sept. 8.

  • The Harriet Lane carried out three interdictions in the Eastern Pacific, seizing approximately 3,882 pounds of cocaine and approximately 2,527 pounds of marijuana.
  • The USS Pinckney, with an embarked Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment, carried out two interdictions and a bale field recovery in the Eastern Pacific, seizing approximately 5,842 pounds of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba carried out one interdiction in the Eastern Pacific, seizing approximately 3,220 pounds of marijuana and approximately 11 pounds of cocaine.
  • The British naval vessel HMS Medway, with an embarked Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment, carried out two interdictions in the Caribbean Sea, seizing approximately 1,433 pounds of cocaine.
  • The British naval vessel RFA Argus, with an embarked Coast Guard LEDET, carried out one interdiction in the Caribbean Sea, seizing approximately 789 pounds of cocaine.
  • The USS Kidd, with an embarked Coast Guard LEDET, recovered approximately 145 pounds of cocaine while operating in the Caribbean Sea.
  • The USS Zephyr, with an embarked Coast Guard LEDET, recovered approximately 12 pounds of marijuana while operating in the Caribbean Sea.

Earlier this month, the Coast Guard seized $390 million of cocaine and marijuana.

The Harriet Lane is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia. The Escanaba is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Boston, Massachusetts. The USS Pinckney is a 510-foot Arleigh Burke-class destroyer homeported in Naval Base San Diego.

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The USS Zephyr is a 179-foot Cyclone-class patrol ship homeported in Mayport, Florida. The USS Kidd is a 510-foot Arleigh Burke-class destroyer homeported in Naval Base Everett. The HMS Medway is a 297-foot River-class patrol vessel homeported in Portsmouth, England. 

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