U.S. Coast Guard seizes 12 tons of cocaine


The U.S. Coast Guard recently seized more than 12 tons of cocaine.

The tons of cocaine were offloaded Thursday in Port Everglades and estimated to cost $378 million, according to USCG officials. The drugs were intercepted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean between mid-October and late November.

The drugs, they say, were seized from suspected smuggling vessels off the coast of Central and South America by three USCG cutters and a Royal Canadian Navy ship.

The agencies were patrolling the known drug zones in an effort to combat international drug operations. When a suspected drug vessel is located, it is tracked by allied military or law enforcement personnel. The interdictions, which include actual boarding, are led by USCG personnel.