Coast Guard seizes nearly $400 million in cocaine at Florida port

Coast Guard seizes nearly $400 million in cocaine at Florida port
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The Coast Guard seized close to $400 million worth of cocaine and marijuana Tuesday in a Florida port.

The drugs were seized from 18 separate Coast Guard interdictions, officials said.

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In a statement, the coastal defense branch said that "the Coast Guard Cutter James (WMSL-754) crew is scheduled to offload approximately 28,000 pounds of seized cocaine worth an estimated $367 million and approximately 11,000 pounds of seized marijuana worth an estimated $10.1 million at Port Everglades."

"What you see is 19 tons of narcotics seized from 18 separate Coast Guard interdiction events, with a street value worth more than $375 million," said Capt. Jeffrey Randall, the Coast Guard Cutter James commanding officer. 

Randall added that the Coast Guard is able to "maintain an offensive against criminal networks and criminal organizations" because of assistance from "regional partner nations, like Columbia [and] Costa Rica."