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The Coast Guard unloaded some 3.1 tons of cocaine on Monday that was seized in international waters. (Lt. Cmdr. Ryan P. Kelley/U.S. Coast Guard)


The Coast Guard unloaded 3.1 tons of cocaine worth about $85 million in Florida on Monday.

The massive amount of drugs were snatched in the eastern Pacific before they were transported by Coast Guard cutters Escanaba and Decisive to Port Everglades, Local 10 News reported.

“The offload represents the combined efforts of Escanaba’s crew, and those of our partners and allies,” Escanaba Cmdr. Michael Turdo said. “Stopping the illicit flow of drugs to our shores not only keeps them off our street but also keeps money from getting to these criminal organizations.”

The Coast Guard has bolstered its occupation in the eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin due to the Western Hemisphere Strategy, an effort that aims to “protect the Nation from threats delivered by sea; and protects the sea itself,” according to a press release.

The narcotics will be given to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

“The U.S. Coast Guard is recognized worldwide for our ability to perform diverse maritime missions over vast geographic areas. Our value to the Nation resides in our enduring commitment to protect those on the sea, to protect the United States from threats delivered by the sea, and to protect the sea itself. As a military, law enforcement, regulatory, and humanitarian Service, the Coast Guard relies upon an array of unique authorities and partnerships to enhance our capability and capacity throughout the maritime domain. Although active in every region of the world, the Coast Guard’s primary operating area will remain in the Western Hemisphere. As the premier maritime guardian in this dynamic region, the Coast Guard must confront a growing number of threats and challenges to ensure the safety, security, and stewardship of our Nation’s waters. As new challenges continue to test our Nation’s increasingly strained defense and national security resources across the globe, the Coast Guard must continually refocus our strategic efforts for effective maritime governance in areas closer to home. As we engage these future challenges, we must think and act strategically. The convergence of Transnational Organized Crime networks and our continued reliance on a rising array of commercial maritime activities will require new and proven approaches. Globalization, advancements in technology, and the future impacts of climate change will also necessitate a refocusing of our efforts. We will meet these demands with a new and broad strategic focus. I am pleased to introduce the U.S. Coast Guard Western Hemisphere Strategy to guide our efforts in the region over the next 10 years. This strategy emphasizes our highest objectives through three broadly defined strategic priorities: Combating Networks, Securing Borders, and Safeguarding Commerce. It also identifies several critical enablers that will ensure our long-term success. Beyond these priorities, the Coast Guard will continue to perform a host of additional services our Nation has come to expect. This strategy, however, provides the essential framework to achieve our most lofty vision for the Western Hemisphere: “Ensuring a Secure Nation, Prosperous Markets, and Thriving Oceans.”

STRATEGIC PRIORITY: Securing Borders The mandate to secure our maritime borders represents one of the Coast Guard’s greatest challenges over the next decade. The marine areas under U.S. jurisdiction are enormous, covering over 4.5 million square miles of ocean area and 95,000 miles of coastline. The oceans contain vital national resources, and they are the essential conduit for maritime commerce that is critical to the prosperity of our Nation. These same thoroughfares, including coastal zones, are also susceptible to a growing array of transnational security concerns such as such as terrorism, smuggling and trafficking activity, as well as environmental crime. In the next 10 years, threats to our maritime borders will increase, along with globalization and population growth which will expand maritime activity. Immigration policy reform and success in strengthening America’s land borders could also increase the attractiveness and use of our maritime domain by TOC smuggling networks, terrorists, and other illicit actors. Moreover, changing political, social, and economic factors, coupled with stresses that accompany natural disasters, could increase the probability of mass maritime migrations in ways that are difficult to predict. The Coast Guard will lead our national effort in securing maritime borders. To do this, the Coast Guard will develop a strategically defensive approach, based upon improving awareness, prioritizing threats, and maintaining an adaptable, defense in-depth interdiction posture. In all layers of this defensive approach, the Coast Guard will leverage partnerships with Federal, State, local, and tribal stakeholders, as well as with our international partners. Moreover, the Coast Guard will identify and acquire new technologies, obtain broader authorities, and ensure our force structure continues successful recapitalization and remains capable of providing adaptive and deployable force packages.


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