Coast Guard Offloads $1.4 Billion in Drugs at Florida Port

Lt. Gen. Andrew Croft
With the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James behind him, Lt. Gen. Andrew Croft, center, Military Deputy Commander, U.S. Southern Command, speaks with Canadian and American Coast Guardsmen, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The United States Coast Guard offloaded drugs worth more than $1.4 billion at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on Aug. 5.

The agency announced that the crew of the Cutter James offloaded about 59,700 pounds (27,079 kilograms) of cocaine and approximately 1,430 pounds (548 kilograms) of marijuana.

Coast Guard officials said it was the largest offload in the vessel's history. Multiple Coast Guard units, along with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and Canadian partners, assisted with the effort, the agency said.

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