US Coast Guard makes US$3.7 million marijuana haul
MIAMI – The United States Coast Guard Friday said it seized more than 4,000 pounds of marijuana after intercepting a vessel south of Jamaica.
It said the drug had a value of US$3.7 million and that the 4,100 pounds of marijuana had been offloaded at the Coast Guard Base Miami Beach.
The Coast Guard said it had retrieved 103 bales of the drugs during the operation.
“This is another great achievement for the Paul Clark crew and highlights what the Coast Guard’s newest cutter can do to help reduce the negative impacts illicit trafficking has on the United States and our Caribbean neighbours,” said Lt. Lloyd Belcher, commanding officer aboard the cutter, Paul Clark.
“We prevented these drugs from coming ashore, but we also hope the prosecution of the suspected smugglers can begin to dismantle the transnational criminal organizations that profit from these illicit activities,” he said, adding “that’s the ultimate goal”.