Meanwhile in Florida…the U.S. Coast Guard announced that it seized over $377 million of cocaine and marijuana at a Florida port on Tuesday.

Luckily for viewers, the U.S. Coast Guard was kind enough to share its video on Twitter of the 28,000 pounds of cocaine it intercepted, valued around $367 million. Oh, but there’s more—it also intercepted 11,000 pounds of marijuana worth around $10.1 million at Port Everglades.

That’s around 40,000 pounds of drugs in one interception. Talk about a legal problem…oy vey!

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,” Capt. Jeffrey Randall, Coast Guard Cutter James commanding officer said in a statement. “These drugs will not reach Main Street USA due to the efforts of the James crew and other Coast Guard cutters involved in these interdictions.

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Coast Guard Cutter James to offload 27,000 pounds of cocaine, 11,000 pounds of marijuana at Port Everglades | Source: U.S. Coast Guard District 7

The drugs were interdicted in international waters of the Caribbean Basin and the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America and include contraband seized and recovered in 18 separate interdictions of suspected drug smuggling vessels by U.S. Coast Guard:

  • The Coast Guard Cutter Valiant (WMEC-621) crew was responsible for two cases, seizing approximately 4,184 pounds of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Spencer (WMEC-905) crew was responsible for one interdiction seizing approximately 1,477 pounds of cocaine.
  • The cutter James crew was responsible for six interdictions seizing approximately 7,022 pounds of cocaine and 4,085 pounds marijuana.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Northland (WMEC-904) was responsible for two interdictions seizing more than 12,214 pounds of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Harriett Lane (WMEC-903) crew was responsible for two cases, seizing nearly 750 pounds of cocaine and 5,540 pounds of marijuana.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC-910) crew was responsible for one case, seizing approximately 160 pounds of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Venturous (WMEC-625) crew was responsible for one case, seizing approximately 890 pounds of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Confidence (WMEC-619) crew was responsible for one case, seizing nearly 110 pounds of cocaine and 1,600 pounds of marijuana.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC-913) crew was responsible for one case, seizing approximately 1,930 pounds of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant (WMEC-617) crew was responsible for one case, seizing approximately 800 pounds of cocaine.

Capt. Randall added that the crew worked in cooperation with “regional partner nations, like Columbia, Costa Rica and alongside the agencies involved in Operation Martillo to stop the flow of illegal narcotics into the United States.”

While it’s not as comical as that time when $600,000 of cocaine washed up on a South Carolina shore, as a result of Hurricane Dorian, it’s still another serious attempt by the U.S. Coast Guard and federal authorities to prevent the smuggling of drugs coming into our waters, like the last bust back in September in the Pacific Ocean.