30 March, 2017
The large cases full of cocaine were worth about $420 million dollars and were the result of 17 separate busts along the coasts of Centeral and South America over a period of 26 days.
The DEA reported an estimated 67 percent spike in cocaine production in Colombia past year, with the illicit crop making a comeback despite a USA -backed eradication campaign that has cost American taxpayers billions of dollars.
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James was loaded with approximately 16 tons of cocaine, worth an estimated $420 million, that was seized in global waters.
"With this ship, we're capable of owning the night", James' Captain Mark Fedor told CBS Miami.
Fedor said the technological advances on the ship, along with the men and women who work in the dark and risky conditions, make them a force to be reckoned with at sea.
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The Mohawk raided seven ships, netting 5.8 tons of blow, and the Tampa seized three tons from three interdictions.
U.S. Coast Guard officials say the Canadian vessel was involved in one case, seizing an estimated one tonne of cocaine.
She said federal agents fired at the boat early Monday to disable its engines because the men did not stop as instructed.
"They're just not carrying cocaine". They're delivering violence, corruption and instability.
Feder said 30 suspected drug smugglers were detained during the operation, adding that they will be questioned and possibly prosecuted in the U.S.