Fort Lauderdale

Coast Guard Offloads $15M in Cocaine in Fort Lauderdale

About 490 kilograms of cocaine worth some $15 million that was seized by the Coast Guard was offloaded in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday, officials said.

The cocaine was offloaded by crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant, which is stationed in Jacksonville. It was seized during three different cases in the eastern Pacific in September, officials said.

"The Coast Guard is committed to combating transnational criminal organizations at sea and each of these interdictions will lead to federal prosecutions, that in turn provide intelligence we can use to interdict more illicit shipments of drugs, people and weapons at sea," said Capt. Mark Vlaun, staff judge advocate for the Coast Guard Seventh District.

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