The shipment arrived at Port Everglades, in Fort Lauderdale, in the south of the state. It is the product of an operation carried out in the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean.
The United States Coast Guard is leading an anti-drug operation in the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean. The most recent blow to drug trafficking took place this week when they managed to seize about 3.5 tons of cocaine. The market value of this amount of drug is estimated to be $ 143.5 million.
As a result of the operation, nine people were detained on charges of illegal drug trafficking.
According to the coast guard, a patrol plane of that force spotted a suspicious boat on April 16. They found 1,815 kilograms of cocaine and arrested five people on board the ship as they approached to control it. The ship was destroyed because it was considered a risk to society.
But the patrol operation continued, and on April 20, the team found another boat with 1,100 kilos of cocaine and arrested four more people. Something similar happened on April 23, when another 550 kilos of cocaine were seized.
All three operations occurred in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is unknown which port of departure of the shipments or if they all came from the exact origin.
All of this officially arrived in the United States today, entering through Port Everglades, in Fort Lauderdale, in a joint operation between the coast guard and the DEA ( Drug Enforcement Administration).
Since last April 1, the Southern Command increased its anti-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to end drug trafficking. In addition, several agencies, such as the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Internal Security, cooperate internally in the country. Abroad, there is intervention by the DEA, the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to its acronym in English), the coast guard, the navy, and the immigration department.
The vessels in which the drugs are found are hijacked, and most of them immediately destroyed. From the moment the drug is seized until it enters the country to be eliminated, weeks pass - and up to two months as in this case - because the control process is highly detailed to avoid losing part of what was seized.
Even more unusual was the second announcement made by the coast guard. The coast guard also seized 31 kilos of cocaine on a cruise ship. However, they did not give the press information about which cruise company it happened, or whether there were arrests in this operation.
Since the 1980s, agents who seize this type of cargo have received financial incentives based on a proportion of the shipment found. In this way, the United States government managed to end a spiral of corruption that had been generated 40 years ago.
According to data from the CBP (Office of Customs and Border Protection of the United States, for its acronym in English), the agency seizes more than 1,600 kilos of illegal drugs at the country's borders on a typical day.