US Coast Guard offloads $1.2 billion worth of cocaine at Port Everglades

US Coast Guard offloads $1.2 billion worth of cocaine at Port Everglades


COAST GUARD SEIZING GET THIS 16 TONS OF COCAINE.>>IT’S VALUED AT $420 MILLION. LOCAL 10 NEWS REPORTER IS LIVE IN FORT EVER GLADES FOR THOSE DRUGS WERE JUST OFF LOADED. ONCE IT IS CUT AND SOLD, EXPERTS SAY THE VALUE TOPS $1 BILLION. LET ME STEP OUT OF THE WAY AND SHOW YOU THE CENTER OF IT ALL. THIS IS THE NEWEST AND MOST TECHNICALLY ADVANCED CUTTER, AND THE TECHNOLOGY CERTAINLY WENT A LONG WAY IN CATCHING ONE THE DRUG SMUGGLERS AND THE DRUGS AT THE CENTER OF THIS CASE DANGERS ON THE HIGH SEAS.>>OUR FOLKS ARE DEFINITELY PUTTING THEMSELVES IN HARMS WAY TO DO THIS.>>THAT BUST DEPICTED ON THIS VIDEO FROM A RECENT OPERATION, YIELDING HUNDREDS OF BAILS OF COCAINE THEY ARE ON DISPLAY TODAY, NOW PART OF A LARGER FEDERAL INVESTIGATION, INVOLVING SOME 30 DRUG SMUGGLER WHOSE ARE NOW IN CUSTODY. OFFICIALS SAY IN SOME INSTANCES THEY HAD TO SHOOT OUT THE ENGINE IN THE THREING VESSELS JUST TO GET THE BOAT TO STOP.>>WE ARE AVERAGING ABOUT 12 OF THESE A MONTH. AS I LIKE TO SAY UNFORTUNATELY BUSINESS IS VERY GOOD FOR US AND I WISH IT WASN’T.>>SCORING THE DRUGS IS THE WORK OF 45 DAYS FOR THE U.S. COAST GUARD, AND ON THE STREET IT’S VALUE IS ESTIMATED ABOUT $1.2 BILLION.>>IT’S NOT JUST THE COCAINE, IT IS ALL THE RAMIFICATIONS BOTH IN THE UNITED STATES AS WELL AS IN OUR CENTRAL AMERICAN PARTNERS. THE DAMAGE THAT IT CAUSES TO THOSE COMMUNITIES.>>16 TONS OF COCAINE, NOW OFF THE STREET, FROM SEVERAL RECENT RAIDS, THE DRUGS NOW BEING OFF LOADED FROM A COAST GUARD CUTTER TO BE TAKEN TO THE D.E.A., FOLLOWING A DANGEROUS MISSION, THAT IS HAPPENING MORE OFTEN THESE DAYS FOR A MYRIAD OF REASONS.>>COKE CAIN COLUMBIA IS THE BIGGEST IT’S BEEN IN A LONG TIME. AT THE SATE TIME THAT’S HAPPENING WE ARE INTRODUCING THE COAST GUARD IS INTRODUCING MORE CAPABLE ASSETS TO INTRATICKET THESE THE FLOW OF COCAINE.>>AND A LIVE LOOK HERE AT PORT EVER GLADES YOU CAN SEE THAT OFF LOAD OPERATION IS STILL CONTINUING THIS AFTERNOO THOSE DRUGS ARE BEING LOADED INTO A TRUCK, WE ARE TOLD THAT SOME OF WILL IT BE DESTROYED BUT OTHER PARTS OF THESE DRUGS WILL BE MAINTAINED BECAUSE IT WILL BE PRESERVED AS EVIDENCE TO PROSECUTE THE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN THIS

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