About six tons of cocaine worth some $170 million that was seized by the U.S. Coast Guard was offloaded at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale Monday.
The cocaine was seized from six smuggling vessels by crews from three Coast Guard boats in the eastern Pacific Ocean between late July and August, officials said.
"The countless hours and long days spent by our crews to stop these illegal smuggling operations is the embodiment of devotion to duty," Cmdr. Michael Sarnowski said in a statement. "It is critical that our Coast Guard crews and partner agencies work persistently in ensuring these illegal drugs are stopped from coming to the streets of the United States."