MIAMI, Fla. (NBC) – Nearly 30,000 pounds of cocaine and marijuana were offloaded Monday morning at Port Everglades by crew members from the United States Coast Guard.
The cutter Hamilton offloaded the drugs, with a street value of over $500 million, during an event at the port in Fort Lauderdale.
The drugs – 26,250 pounds of cocaine and 3,700 pounds of marijuana – were seized during eight interdictions in the Pacific Ocean spanning 70 days.
“It is a victory for safety, security of the United States and our like-minded neighbors,” said Commanding Officer Matt Brown.
“In one instance we had three cases within 36 hours,” said Sean McVey, who serves onboard the ship. “With very low rest in-between cases, we had to go through processing, get to one location to the next and have multiple methods of transportation to each case. So it’s just a lot of work in a small amount of time.”
U.S. Rep. Carlos Gimenez was among the dignitaries invited to the event.
“Thank you for the work you do thank you for the work that you do to keep us safe,” said the first-term representative from Miami-Dade County. “And keep the greatest nation in the world safe and the people of the United States safe.”
Twenty-four people are in custody and the drugs will now be turned over for forensic testing then destroyed.