Over 9 Tons of Cocaine Seized

In November, the US Coast Guard accomplished a significant drug seizure operation in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. They intercepted and confiscated over 18,000 pounds of cocaine in a series of operations. This massive haul was brought to San Diego for offloading in early December.

The cocaine, with an estimated street value of about $240 million, was captured in six distinct operations conducted near the coasts of Mexico and South America. These operations occurred between November 7th and 24th and involved collaborative efforts from the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security.


A notable highlight of this operation was November 20th, when a Coast Guard vessel named Waesche intercepted a self-propelled semi-submersible. This vessel alone was transporting over 5,500 pounds of cocaine. The Waesche, a 418-foot national security cutter based in Alameda, California, is a critical asset in patrolling regions prone to high drug trafficking.