The US Coast Guard unloaded more than 47,000lbs of cocaine worth more than $721mn from the cutter Stratton at San Diego, California, on Jan 25.
It had been seized in 23 separate interdictions in the eastern Pacific Ocean by US and Canadian forces operating against organised gangs and their networks in international waters off the coast of Central and South America.
“The threat of transnational organised crime is a danger no one ship, agency, country or person can address alone,” said Vice-Admiral Fred Midgette, commander USCG Pacific Area.
During two months, the Stratton seized more than 12,000lbs of cocaine worth more than $165mn, and a total of 4,385lbs of cocaine worth $58mn was seized by the Royal Canadian Navy patrol ship Nanaimo on her patrol.
During her 53-day anti-drugs patrol, the USCG cutter Mohawk intercepted five vessels suspected of drug smuggling and seized more than 6,500lbs of cocaine and detained 17 suspected smugglers.