What the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spencer arrived in Port Everglades Tuesday, it brought some valuables picked up by other crews in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Specifically, the Coast Guard says, 10 tons of cocaine and 23 kilograms of heroin.
That’s about $300 million in illegal drugs at wholesale prices, according to the Coast Guard. NarcoticsNews.com puts the Miami street value in cocaine alone anywhere from $500 million to $1.045 billion.
Perhaps appropriately, the most interdictions and largest cargo came from the Coast Guard Cutter named “Alert.” The 210-foot vessel based in Astoria, Oregon, was responsible for six of the 14 interdictions, 3,305 kilos of cocaine and those 23 kilos of heroin.
Commander John Mctamney, commanding officer of the Spencer, said, “While this offload represents approximately 10 tons of illicit drugs that will never hit out streets, it also represents a significant depletion to the cash flow to these criminal organizations.”