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Coast Guard Offloads $228 Million In Cocaine, Weed At Port Everglades

USCG officer patrolling ship with long gun. Seized drugs on board.

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton offloads more than $228 million in cocaine, marijuana at Port Everglades MIAMI —The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL 753) crew offloaded approximately 11,500 pounds of cocaine and approximately 17,000 pounds of marijuana, Thursday, worth more than $228 million. The drugs were interdicted in the international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South …

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Lots of big cocaine busts in 2019 but how much still gets through?

Close up of a drug user snorting cocaine off a green tray using a plastic straw

PortandTerminal.com, December 29, 2019 2019 was the year of record-setting, $1 billion+ cocaine busts. How much cocaine though still manages to evade authorities and end up on the streets? NEW YORK – Last Saturday there was another massive cocaine bust at Montevideo Port in Uruguay. A record haul of 6 tonnes of cocaine worth an estimated $1 billion was seized. The …

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First transatlantic ‘narco sub’ carrying 3.5 tons of cocaine captured off Spain

PortandTerminal.com, November 27, 2019 On Tuesday, Spanish authorities refloated a sunken “narco-sub” smuggling vessel and extracted 3.5 tonnes of cocaine from its interior. PONTEVEDRA, SPAIN – On Sunday (November 24), authorities intercepted the first “narco-submarine” ever caught in European waters. Before the narco-sub approached the Port of Aldan in Spain an international law enforcement team from the UK, Portugal and …

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Yakuza suspected in Kobe port cocaine container seizure

PortandTerminal.com, November 19, 2019 KOBE, JAPAN – Japan has one of the world’s lowest rates of cocaine consumption but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a market for the stuff. What’s more, Japan’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has acknowledged that the annual number of cocaine cases has been rising over the past several years. In 2018 law enforcement authorities reportedly …

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US Coast Guard seizes another semi-sub with six tons of cocaine

PortandTerminal.com, September 24, 2019 The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant has intercepted a drug-laden, 40-foot semi-submersible in the Eastern Pacific. It’s not the first one the USCG has caught recently. While on routine patrol in the Eastern Pacific, Valiant’s crew interdicted a self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) in international waters carrying about 12,000 pounds of cocaine and apprehended four suspected drug smugglers. The haul is worth an …

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Germany’s largest-ever cocaine shipment seized by customs in Hamburg

Photo of cocaine seized at the Port of Hamburg, Germany

PortandTerminal.com, August 2, 2019 In yet another record-setting drug bust in a world seemingly awash with cocaine, officials at the Port of Hamburg announced their largest-ever seizure of the drug. HAMBURG, GERMANY – Nearly $1.1 billion worth of cocaine has been seized in the German port city of Hamburg. More than 4,200 packages in 211 sports bags were discovered in a …

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No “GET OUT OF JAIL FREE” card for MSC box ship in Philly drug bust

PortandTerminal.com, July 16, 2019 U.S. authorities have released MSC Gayane, the ship caught with USD 1 billion worth of cocaine in Philadelphia, after a USD 50 million bond was posted. PHILADELPHIA – USD 10 million in cash and a USD 40 million surety bond were paid by vessel owner J.P. Morgan and operator Mediterranean Shipping Company, less than a month after authorities …

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BREAKING: US Customs seize MSC ship carrying “an outrageous amount of deadly drugs”

PortandTerminal.com, July 9, 2019 “A seizure of a vessel this massive is complicated and unprecedented — but it is appropriate because the circumstances here are also unprecedented. We found nearly 20 tons of cocaine hidden on this ship,”  PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Customs authorities have seized a cargo ship where agents discovered nearly 40,000 pounds, or almost 18,000 kilograms, of cocaine …

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More cocaine?? Record MSC bust in Philly just got bigger by $100 million

PortandTerminal.com, June 22, 2019 U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a multi-agency search of an international cargo ship at the Philadelphia Seaport this week has netted what it calls “the largest cocaine seizure” in its 230-year history: 17.5 tons. PHILADELPHIA – Authorities have now weighed 17.5 tonnes of cocaine, one tonne more than originally reported, taking the street value of …

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Crew involved. Philly $1 billion cocaine bust details emerge. MSC downgraded.

PortandTerminal.com, June 21, 2019 Crew members now charged in $1B Port of Philadelphia cocaine bust, largest in city history. MSC loses ‘low-risk’ carrier status after US drugs raid New details are coming in about the massive cocaine bust in the Port of Philadelphia earlier this week, revealing an elaborate scheme involving members of the ship’s crew who used the ship’s …

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