With nearly 35,000 pounds of cocaine in its cargo holds, the U.S. Coast Guard sailed into Fort Lauderdale having succeeded in taking down a massive drug shipment. The haul was valued at around $466 million, seized in 21 different sting operations off the Pacific coasts of Mexico, Central, and South America.
“The interdiction and disruption of more than 17 tons of cocaine is a result of the collaboration and coordination of multiple Coast Guard and interagency assets to address the complex maritime challenge of transnational criminal organizations,” Coast Guard Cutter Forward Cmdr. Michael Sharp said. “I am extremely proud of all the women and men that contributed to the mission success. It is a direct reflection of how the U.S. Coast Guard delivers mission excellence anytime, anywhere.”
In just a few years, the Coast Guard has seized 1.3 million pounds of cocaine, and arrested at least 1,200 suspects involved in the manufacturing and distribution of the illegal narcotics.
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The enlisted service members responsible for these busts worked for free during the 35-day government shutdown that took place between December 2018 and January 2018. Their dedication cannot be questioned.
Neither can their effectiveness.
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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.