Coast Guard Photo / Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally
More than 18 tons of cocaine were recently seized by the Coast Guard in the Eastern Pacific
Ever wondered what 18.5 tons of cocaine looks like? The Charleston-based Coast Guard Cutter James
can help. Last week, Guardsmen from the James
assisted in offloading approximately 37,000 pounds of coke seized as part of anti-drug trafficking measures in international waters in the Eastern Pacific.
The seized drugs unloaded at Port Everglades, Fla., have a street value of over $500 million, according to an announcement
of the operation on Monday.
The offload, Joint Base Charleston says, represents 15 separate seizures, with the James
responsible for the largest share, over 19,000 pounds of total haul.
is a 418-foot cutter that has been based in the Charleston area since earlier this year.
Coast Guard photo
The cutter James is based in Charleston