Coast Guard offloads 12 tons of cocaine, 1 ton of marijuana at Port Everglades

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    PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. – The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded 12 tons of cocaine and one ton of marijuana at Port Everglades on Tuesday. Authorities said the drugs, worth an estimated wholesale value of $390 million, were seized in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean during 17 interdictions. The interdictions happened off the coasts of Mexico and Central and South America with the assistance of Canadian Naval vessels, authorities said. “These drugs are coming into our streets, and they create instability for regional partners south of the border,”  said Cmdr. Jonathan Carter, commanding officer of  the cutter Legare.  Carter said the boats used to smuggle drugs are “specifically designed to evade law enforcement. Low-profile, meaning that they are built low to the water line, sticking out usually 6 inches.”  Six of the 11 people arrested in the drug busts were brought to the U.S. aboard the Legare. Coast Guard offloads 12 tons of cocaine, 1 ton of marijuana at Port Everglades

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