USCG unloads 26,000 pounds of cocaine in Port Everglades


Crew remove tens of millions of dollars worth of cocaine from Hamilton Bridge (USCG)

Posted on November 22, 2021 at 6:20 PM by

The maritime executive

Monday, the crew of the coast guard Hamilton delivered more than 26,000 pounds of cocaine worth approximately $ 500 million to a jetty in Port Everglades, Florida. This is the largest shipment of seized narcotics the vessel has made in years.

The drugs have been banned in international waters of the eastern Pacific off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, including contraband seized and recovered during eight bans by three US ships and canadians – the Hamilton, the cutter Vigilant, and the Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Harry DeWolf.

“It has been a dynamic two and a half month period for this ship with some very difficult law enforcement cases. But at the heart of these capabilities is a true culture of trust and mutual respect which has enabled the safe apprehension of 14 suspected traffickers, ”said Captain Matthew Brown, Commander of the Hamilton.

Courtesy of USCG

Hamilton crew intercepts covert contraband ship, October 23 (USCG)

Hamilton’s crew bans another covert ship, Nov. 15 (USCG)

The Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement all work with international partners in U.S. drug control operations. During interdictions at sea, a suspicious vessel is tracked and monitored by Joint Interagency Task Force South in Key West, Florida. The bans, including boardings themselves, are carried out by the US Coast Guard.

Although the transport of 26,000 pounds is a significant volume in all respects, Hamilton has already delivered even larger drug shipments: in December 2016, its crew unloaded more than twice as much cocaine (53,000 pounds, worth $ 715 million) at a jetty near Miami.