Coast Guard Offloads $110 Million of Seized Cocaine in Miami Beach

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Courtesy of USCG
The U.S. Coast Guard unloaded roughly $110 million worth of cocaine in Miami Beach this morning, which actually carried a rough street value of about $330 million. The more than 3,300 kilos of llello were interdicted during two separate incidents as part of the Coast Guard's Operation Martillo, an operation that targets international shipments of cocaine coming into America, usually through Miami.

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The first shipment was found after a USCG cutter received a call about a suspicious fishing boat off the coast of Panama. Officers searched the boat but turned up nothing. Just a short while after leaving however the boat caught fire, and the Coast Guard found 2,400 kilos, or 97 bales, of cocaine floating in the water.

The second shipment was detained after the USCGC Legare tracked down a go-fast boat from Colombia. The boat refused to stop, so a USCG helicopter had to take out its engine from above. About $30 million was found aboard that vessel. Five men were taken into custody.

The drugs, now offloaded by the Legare, will be destroyed.

The USCG routinely offloads seized cocaine in Miami, but Gen. John F. Kelly, the chief of the Miami-based U.S. Southern Command, testified before a Senate committee early this year that the military is only able to intercept about 26 percent of the drugs smuggled into the country from Latin America through Florida.

"Because of asset shortfalls, we're unable to get after 74 percent of suspected maritime drug smuggling," he said at the time. "Without assets, certain things will happen. Much larger amounts of drugs will flow up from Latin America. We'll do less and less engagement with our friends and partners in the region."

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Carlos Hevia
Carlos Hevia

The COPs are the ones snorting ; They need the shit !

Michael del Vice
Michael del Vice

More money spent chasing down a substance....When people really want things they figure out how to get them.

Jeffrey Knight
Jeffrey Knight

Sadly, it's one-tenth of the drugs smuggled into the area in a given week, IMO.

Tony Laurencio
Tony Laurencio

This means more people are gonna be driving drunk now. I'm glad I'm in North Carolina :)

Cts Limo Cts Limo
Cts Limo Cts Limo

And what are they going to do with it? Certainly not burn it! The coke goes right back on the street making our government agencies wealthier

Primemeatcuts JoeyDee
Primemeatcuts JoeyDee

Sam our Salesperson and i were on this base when they started unloading.You don't want to piss these guys off.they had every thing blocked off with cones . I jumped out of my car thinking i could make a quick sale . when i started to walk past the cones i noticed a undercover type looking at me threw the corner of his eye .i made a better choice to get back in car and visit other ships. i noticed the ship started unloading big white thing's and i said to Sam, i bet that is a Coke bust and it ashamed we can't get over to that ship with out getting in trouble.my thought was Hey these guys have to be hungry and i would love to cut them some Big Rib-eyes. I new it was a big one because when we got off the ship we were visiting the crew was still unloading .It was time to leave.

Chard Beauregarde
Chard Beauregarde

I wonder how much of it will get "lost" in the property cage, or will they just be paying for their armored personnel carriers in yayo?

Paul Hackman
Paul Hackman

Whatever retards that's not stopping anything so get real!!!!!

Jackson Lainez
Jackson Lainez

Miami...where we call enemies friends & seized cocaine a tragedy Coast Guard needs a budget increase #engagefriendsandregionalpartners

Christopher Montano
Christopher Montano

Boo my uncle Johnny never got caught with shipments straight from pablo. Those were the days.

Jimmie Miniard
Jimmie Miniard

Smdh but Kmsl @miami new times yall wrong for that

Damian Doss
Damian Doss

people forget this city was founded on that

Jayson Ttvp
Jayson Ttvp

$300 million??? you know what that just did Miami's economy?

Aaron Moore
Aaron Moore

They unload at us customs miami river behind capital grille on brickell. Just sayin.

Isarocks Miranda
Isarocks Miranda

there is no place like home... lmao @ #cokeblockers hahaha

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