$37 Million Worth of Seized Cocaine Offloaded in Miami Beach by Coast Guard (Video)

Categories: Crime, Drugs

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Even for Miami Beach, 2,500 pounds of pure cocaine is a lot to be in any one place at one time.

The U.S. Coast Guard is unloading the loot, worth an estimated $35 million on the street, at its Miami Beach station today after a historic raid just south of the Dominican Republic.

On January 22, the U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft spotted a suspicious 25-foot go-fast boat carrying four people and questionable cargo. A helicopter took off from the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Wave Knight to intercept the boat.

Warning shots were fired, and the boat's crew members then began throwing the bales of cocaine in the water. The chopper then used "airborne use-of-force" to disable the vehicle.

It was the first time a U.S. armed helicopter had launched off a foreign military vehicle in order to support a counter drug operation.

The Coast Guard supplied a short video of the nighttime operation:

The crew members were arrested, and the Coast Guard recovered a whopping 45 bales of cocaine.

"This historic operation is a result of a dedication to improved interoperability and highlights the great success and commitment of our interagency partnerships to stop the illegal flow of narcotics into the United States," said Rear Admiral Jake Korn, commander of the Coast Guard Seventh District, in a statement.

The contraband was unloaded today on Miami Beach at about 10 a.m. and turned over the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

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22 comments
Tim Pritchard
Tim Pritchard

Further proves the business plan of traffickers is beating the war on drugs. Losing a load while 2 get through is just a cost of doing business & the coke gets better & cheaper.

Gabriel Benavides
Gabriel Benavides

You know there were three boats and they only caught one right?? well if they were doing it the right way yes!!

Jon Achaval
Jon Achaval

That massive supply cut just just increased the price of the drug in the street quite a bit. Much more profit for gangsters and dealers. Good job on the war folks!

Keli Catalano
Keli Catalano

Ooph sounds like a movie! Welcome to Miami... A day in the life...

Eddy Earthtone Blak
Eddy Earthtone Blak

Just another day in Miami. Most black market businesses are what keep this country going.. Slave labor, organ and human trafficking..

Adrian Myd
Adrian Myd

"Unloaded and turned to the DEA" .. Which is the biggest drug dealer in the US. Good job! ;)

CooksWithSpoons
CooksWithSpoons

They say in Miami that it never snows.  Now it snows in the palm trees, it snows in the sand.  It snows all day for $60 a gram.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

It sure does.  My black market organ guy says business is booming!  He's got a few restaurants and an overpriced electronics store set up as organ fronts, so he's doing his part to keep members of the local community employed.

CooksWithSpoons
CooksWithSpoons

Oh come now.  Is it that hard to believe that someone would throw away a few dozen millions of dollars?

CooksWithSpoons
CooksWithSpoons

Shortly after the 9/11 recovery effort rescue crews were expelled after the discover a United States Government vault under the WTC containing bricks of relatively cheap GOLD next to much more valuable bricks of COCAINE.


Let's think of the possible reasons the US government would be stock piling bricks of cocaine.  I'll start:


1) The ability to generate massive amounts of instant cash without oversight.


Of course that can't be it because it would require prohibition to keep the price up.  That would a conflict of interest and horribly immoral.


Government sponsored coke fueled sex parties?  Sure.  Our elites do love their nose candy but there was A LOT of it.  Besides their respect for the laws they impose on us means that couldn't be it either.  What explains it?


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