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High seize US Coast Guard vessel recovers massive €1.2bn haul of cocaine and cannabis

It's the biggest offload in the history of the Coast Guard.

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The offload was the largest in US Coast Guard history

The offload was the largest in US Coast Guard history

The offload was the largest in US Coast Guard history

A massive $1.4bn (€1.2bn) drug haul has been recovered by the US Coast Guard after a series of operations in the Pacific and the Caribbean Sea.

A whopping 27,000 kilos of cocaine and over 500 kilos of cannabis were seized by authorities off the coast of Mexico and South and Central America, making it the biggest offload in the history of the Coast Guard.

The cutter James ship brought the massive shipment to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale in Florida where the piles of drugs were brought to dry land.

The Coast Guard, the US Navy, Customs and Border Protection as well as the Drugs Enforcement Administration and the FBI along with allied and international partner agencies were involved in 27 operations against suspected drugs smuggling vessels by 10 American, Canadian and Dutch ships.

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The record haul was offloaded by the cutter James in Ft Lauderdale, Florida

The record haul was offloaded by the cutter James in Ft Lauderdale, Florida

The record haul was offloaded by the cutter James in Ft Lauderdale, Florida

A spokesperson for the US Coast Guard said: "The fight against drug cartels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean requires unity of effort in all phases from detection, monitoring and interdictions, to criminal prosecutions by U.S. Attorneys in districts across the nation."

Major General Paul Ormsby of the Canadian Defence Attache said the Canadian Navy worked with the US authorities in the operations.

He said: "Canada and America are committed to expanding cooperation on defending North America against illicit trafficking and transnational crime and working together within our alliances.

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Many agencies including the Canadian navy worked together during the operations

Many agencies including the Canadian navy worked together during the operations

Many agencies including the Canadian navy worked together during the operations

"We know that no nation can do it alone, and we know that we are stronger together.

"The kind of cooperation that we see on the pier today is one of the thousands of impressive examples of cooperation every day."

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Vice Admiral Steven Poulin, Commander of the Atlantic Area, said: "Today's offload is a result of our combined efforts of our inter-agency partners and a dedicated international coalition.

"The Canadian government and Canadian Defence Forces brings an incredible capability in defeating transnational organised crime, and I'm grateful to HMCS Shawinigan to showcase Canada's commitment.

"Together we will disrupt, defeat and degrade transnational organised crime. We will strengthen our efforts and continue to build collaboration and capability."

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