Coast Guard personnel are making headlines with their record cocaine and cannabis offload at Point Everglades.
The offload is happening today, and it is estimated that the total amount of narcotics exceeds $1.4 billion. This is currently being considered the largest offload in Coast Guard history.
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The crew handling this massive offload are aboard the Coast Cutter James. They are bringing in a total of about 59,700 pounds of cocaine and 1,430 pounds of cannabis. The narcotics were seized from interdictions in the Eastern Pacific and Carribean Sea.
“It’s a big team effort,” said Carson McCluskey, one of the members of the crew. He has been with the coast guard for 14 months. “We use small boats; we use helicopters; we use people on land. And we just all come together to make this happen.”
Captain Todd Vance, who is heading up the operation, said the drugs were seized during the last three months. He also claims they are double what was interdicted in the fall of 2020, another big haul, making it the biggest so far.
“Every bail of cocaine on this flight deck that doesn’t make it to our shores represents lives saved in New York City, Philly, Chicago,