The US Coast Guard seized 2,434 kilos of cocaine valued at 101 million dollars in five interceptions made in international waters of the Caribbean, the federal institution informed in a press release.
The drugs seized by U.S. Coast Guard vessels, two helicopters, and a Royal Netherlands Navy ship were unloaded in the Port of the Everglades, north of Miami, Florida, Efe revealed.
Eleven suspected smugglers were arrested during the interdiction operations and will have to answer in court to charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice.
“We are proud of the drug seizures that our sister ship crews recently completed. We are honored to share a role in helping to remove narcotics from America’s streets,” said Commander Andrew Dennelly, commanding officer of the drug offload.
It should be noted that this is not the first successful operation between the U.S. Coast Guard and partner agencies in the Netherlands, as last September, they seized approximately 24,700 pounds of cocaine and 3,892 pounds of marijuana in several interdictions in the Caribbean Sea.
The drugs were seized by teams crewing the vessels HNLMS Groningen, USS Billings, USCGC James, USCGC Legare, and U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement personnel, authorities said in a Twitter post.
The crew of the Cutter Legare offloaded the drug shipment at the Miami Beach base, and its estimated value was $475 million.
“I am proud of the crew’s continued devotion to duty that made this offload possible,” Commander Jeremy M. Greenwood, commanding officer of the Legare, said at the time.
The primary missions of Coast Guard vessels focus on law enforcement, search, and rescue, drug interdiction, fisheries control, immigration interdiction, homeland security, defense operations, and international training.