Vice Adm. Steven Poulin, at podium, Atlantic Area Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, speaks during a news conference in front of the Coast Guard Cutter James and pallets of cocaine, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. The Coast Guard offloaded drugs worth more than $1.4 billion. The agency announced Thursday that the crew of the Cutter James offloaded about 59,700 pounds of cocaine and approximately 1,430 pounds of marijuana. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Coast Guard offloads $1.4 billion in drugs at Florida port

The United States Coast Guard offloaded drugs worth more than $1.4 billion at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.

The agency announced that the crew of the Cutter James offloaded about 59,700 pounds of cocaine and approximately 1,430 pounds of marijuana.

Coast Guard officials said it was the largest offload in the vessel’s history. Multiple Coast Guard units, along with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Canadian partners, assisted with the effort, the agency said.

Author: The Associated Press
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