Coast Guard Offloads More Than a Ton of Marijuana in Fort Lauderdale
MIAMI — The Coast Guard Cutter Seneca offloaded more than 1 ton of marijuana on May 9 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., worth an estimated $2.4 million wholesale, the Coast Guard said in a release of the same date.
The 2,600 pounds of drugs were interdicted by the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence in April during a case approximately 80 miles south of Haiti.
Numerous U.S. agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security are involved in the effort to combat transnational organized crime. The Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with allied and international partner agencies, play a role in counter-drug operations.
The Coast Guard has increased U.S. and allied presence in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin, which are known drug transit zones off Central and South America, as part of its Western Hemisphere Strategy.
The cutter Diligence is a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Wilmington, N.C. The cutter Seneca is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Boston.