More than 5 tons of cocaine seized in international waters off the Eastern Pacific Ocean from early June to mid-July was offloaded by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton Wednesday in Port Everglades.
The drugs were seized during the interdiction of five suspected smuggling vessels and the recovery of two floating bale fields found off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America by the Coast Guard cutters Hamilton (WMSL-753), Alert (WMEC-630), and Venturous (WMEC-625).
The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton was responsible for four cases, seizing an estimated 2,962 kilograms of cocaine.
The Coast Guard Cutter Alert was responsible for one case, seizing an estimated 2,253 kilograms of cocaine.
The Coast Guard Cutter Venturous was responsible for one case, seizing an estimated 616 kilograms of cocaine and 50 pounds of marijuana.
“The men and women aboard Hamilton, and those on all of the cutters who intercepted these illicit drugs, epitomize excellence and dedication,” said Cmdr. Eric Helgen, cutter Hamilton executive officer.
“These cutter crews spend over half of the year deployed in the fight against transnational criminal organizations who spread misery throughout Central and South America.”
“Without the service and sacrifice of our Coast Guard men and women, the criminals engaged in the transshipment of drugs like those on Hamilton’s flight deck, would operate unchecked, ultimately threatening the safety and security of our borders.”
(Learn More. The Coast Guard is celebrating its 228th birthday Aug. 4, 2018. This video highlights Coast Guard operations from the past year. Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard and YouTube, by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasmine Mieszala. Posted on Aug 3, 2018.)