Coast Guard offloads more than 12 tons of cocaine at Port Everglades

Coast Guard officials off loaded another major cocaine haul Thursday morning at Port Everglades - with an estimated value nearing $400 million.

The drugs had been collected over a two month period in a series of operations in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Coast Guard facilities in Southern Florida have become a frequent drop-off point for drugs as the USA and its global partners step up enforcement in the Pacific ocean, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Sky 10 was flying above the Coast Guard cutter Escanaba as its crew was offloading the drugs.

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"I am extremely proud of the professionalism and tireless dedication of the crew of Escanaba", Cmdr.

The ship's commander, Michael Turdo, told WTVJ, a Miami, Florida NBC News affiliate that the operation utilized at least four law enforcement ships. "Escanaba seized over 6 tons of cocaine worth an estimated $202 million during the interdiction of five suspected drug smuggling vessels".

The 12.4 tons of cocaine, which the agency says is worth about $378 million, was intercepted in global waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean in October and November.

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