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Coast Guard offloads more than $101 million in cocaine

Coast Guard offloads more than $101 million in cocaine
Archive image: An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter sits tied to the flight deck of USCGC Stone (WMSL 758) after conducting helicopter flight operations off the coast of Florida, Nov. 14, 2021.
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U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Shannon Kearney.

MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Northland (WMEC 904) offloads approximately 5,363 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $101 million in Port Everglades, Friday, along with 11 suspected smugglers who were apprehended to face prosecution in federal court by the Department of Justice.

The drugs were interdicted, during five separate cases, in the international waters of the Caribbean Sea by crews from:

“We are proud of the drug seizures the crews of our sister ships recently completed. We are honored to share a role in helping remove narcotics from U.S. streets and delivering justice to those attempting to bring illicit substances to U.S. shores,” said Cmdr. Andrew Dennelly, commanding officer of USCGC Northland. “We are always ready to protect those on the sea, protect America from threats delivered by the sea, and protect the sea itself.”

Coast Guard offloads more than $101 million in cocaine
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Northland offloads approximately $101 million in cocaine.
Crewmembers from the USCGC Northland stands watch over illegal narcotics in Port Everglades, Florida, Nov. 11, 2022.
In total, more than $101 million in cocaine was intercepted and 11 suspected smugglers were apprehended during this joint operation in the Caribbean Sea.
U.S Coast Guard photo.

Northland’s 57-day patrol of the Windward Passage, Old Bahama Channel and South Florida Straits primarily focused on deterring dangerous and irregular maritime migration.

Initially, a suspect vessel is detected and monitored by allied, military, or law enforcement personnel coordinated by Joint Interagency Task Force-South based in Key West. Once an interdiction becomes imminent, the law enforcement phase of the operation begins, and control of the operation shifts to the U.S. Coast Guard during throughout this phase. Interdictions in the Caribbean Sea are performed by members of the U.S. Coast Guard under the authority and control of the Coast Guard 7th District, headquartered in Miami.

Northland is a 270-foot Famous-class medium endurance cutter. The cutters primary missions include law enforcement, search and rescue, drug interdiction, fisheries enforcement, migrant interdiction, homeland security and defense operations and international training. Northland patrols the offshore waters from Maine to Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, the Eastern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.


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