Since President Joe Biden took office, America has been sentenced into an ever-increasing immigration crisis, with drugs pouring into the country at record high levels and crime skyrocketing.
Just recently, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported having seized nearly $500 million worth of illegal drugs in Port Everglades, South Florida.
Among the drugs seized were marijuana and cocaine, according to a press release by the U.S. Coast Guard 7th District. The drugs were intercepted in 13 different instances in the international waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea through a combined effort of various government agencies and USCG cutters, as reported by the Daily Caller.
USCG reported having seized over 30,000 pounds of cocaine and nearly 12,500 pounds of marijuana.
The Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Navy, Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), among several other agencies, were involved in the matter.
“This offload is about national security,” Vice Adm. Kevin Lunday, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area, said. “It represents one part of a very large and strong interagency team that works closely with our allies and international partners to interdict maritime smuggling of dangerous and illegal drugs into the United States.”
— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) October 27, 2023
USCG Cutter James was among those involved in the drug-seizing efforts. The commanding officer of the ship, Capt. Donald Terkanian said the crew aboard the James “worked round the clock” throughout 113 days to accomplish the mission.
“Our success hinges on our people. For the past 113 days, the women and men of James worked around the clock in support of the counter-narcotics mission,” Terkanian said. “That being said, we cannot do this mission alone. We appreciate the immense support and dedication from our interagency and international partners that join us here today.”
In February 2022, USCG Cutter James was involved in a much more expensive, record-setting haul in Port Everglades, according to a separate statement. The drugs seized in the same international waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea were worth a little over $1 billion.