Officials say more than 26 tons of cocaine worth $715 million wholesale have been seized by the U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy.
— U.S. Coast Guard (@USCG) December 16, 2016
Approximately 100 suspected drug smugglers were arrested at sea and turned over to federal authorities, said Vice Adm. Karl Schultz, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area.
Over the course of 10 weeks, the inter-agency operation intercepted 27 shipments and five bale recovery efforts.
Schultz said the drugs came from several areas of South America.
“This not only showcases the threat posed by dangerous cartels, gangs and criminal groups that make up extensive transitional organized crime networks, but it also highlights the commitment of the Coast Guard and its inter-agency partners…to detect, interdict, investigate and prosecute operatives for these criminal networks,” Schultz said in a statement.