MIAMI – Two coast guards based in the Atlantic zone unloaded more than $ 330 million in illegal narcotics on February 4 and 8 at Port Everglades, Fort. Lauderdale, Florida, said the 7th Coast Guard District in a Feb.8 statement.
Coastguard Campbell’s crew unloaded over 7,200 pounds of cocaine on February 4, worth over $ 123 million, and on February 8, coastguard Harriet Lane’s crew unloaded more 11,800 pounds of cocaine and marijuana, worth more than $ 206 million.
The illegal narcotics landed are a direct reflection of 14 bans that took place in the Eastern Pacific Ocean involving seven Coast Guardsmen and two US Navy assets.
On April 1, the United States Southern Command stepped up its counter-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to disrupt the flow of drugs. Numerous US agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security have cooperated in the effort to combat transnational organized crime. Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as allied and international partner agencies, play a role in counter-crime operations. drug.
Tackling drug cartels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea requires a united effort in all phases, from detection, surveillance and bans to criminal prosecution for those bans by the bureaus. of the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, the Southern District of Florida and the Southern District of California. The law enforcement phase of anti-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean is conducted under the authority of the 11th Coast Guard District, headquartered in Alameda. The law enforcement phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Caribbean Sea is conducted under the authority of the 7th Coast Guard District, headquartered in Miami. The prohibitions, including the boardings themselves, are directed and conducted by members of the United States Coast Guard.
The USCGC Campbell Medium Endurance Cutter is homeported in Kittery, Maine. USCGC Medium Endurance Cutter Harriet Lane is home based in Portsmouth, Virginia.