Nearly 15 tons of cocaine and marijuana seized by the U.S. Coast Guard, worth an estimated $408 million, were offloaded Tuesday at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Approximately 23,000 pounds of cocaine and around 6,900 pounds of marijuana were confiscated in international waters off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, and in the Caribbean Sea.
A fleet of four Coast Guard cutters and two U.S. Navy ships made 11 separate drug seizures aboard drug-smuggling ships since April 1.
A portion of the drugs will be used as evidence against the estimated 20 suspects taken into custody during the most recent operation, while the majority of the haul will be destroyed.
? Over the past three years, the Coast Guard has seized more than 1 million pounds of cocaine in international waters.