A Florida Coast Guard ship made a major bust after surviving this terrifying encounter

Jun 13, 2024

The Coast Guard is patrolling the Caribbean Sea to stop threats from reaching American shores.

Now the open waters are turning into war zones. 

And a Florida Coast Guard ship made a major bust in Florida after surviving this terrifying encounter.

Coast Guard makes a $63 million drug bust after shootout 

The country is in the middle of a drug crisis under President Joe Biden.

Drug overdose deaths, primarily from fentanyl, crossed the grim 100,000 a year threshold for the first time during his Presidency.

The lion’s share of the attention on drug smuggling has been at the U.S.-Mexico border during the Biden border crisis.

But the Caribbean Sea is a major route for drug smugglers who bring narcotics into the United States via Florida.

Florida with more than 1,300 miles of coastline has been a popular destination for drug smugglers coming from South America.

The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded 4,800 pounds of cocaine – with an estimated street value of $65 million – at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after a recent bust on the high seas.

Coast Guard ships recovered the drugs after a shootout involving a boat disguised as a fishing vessel.

They made two interdictions of vessels roughly 24 miles north of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.

“USCG and our international partners continue to interdict drug smuggling ventures in international waters to reduce the flow of illicit drugs, disrupt transnational criminal organizations, and increase interoperability with our partner nations and interagency partners,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.

Dutch Navy and Coast Guard battle drug smugglers 

The first interdiction saw a Coast Guard law enforcement detachment and a Royal Netherlands Navy ship confront a boat in international waters suspected of smuggling drugs during a counter-narcotics operation.

The suspected drug smuggling boats refused to stop and instead changed direction to come at the Dutch pursuit boat.

Dutch and U.S. Coast Guard personnel on the pursuit boat opened fire on the suspected drug boat.

None of the Dutch or American personnel were injured in the incident.

The drug boat caught fire and sank into the depths of the Caribbean Sea.

And three suspected drug smugglers on the ship went overboard but were never found after a search.

Drugs were later recovered from the ship.

Details of the second interdiction weren’t made public.

Coast Guard District Seven public affairs officer, Lieutenant Commander John W. Beal, said that the encounter was under investigation.

“The Coast Guard is America’s primary maritime law enforcement agency, and our crews work hard to safely bring suspected smugglers to face federal prosecution in the United States for alleged crimes,” Beal said.

“The missions our Coast Guard servicemembers and allied partners do every day to deny transnational criminal organizations access to maritime smuggling routes are inherently dangerous,” Beal continued. “The decision to suspend active search efforts is not one we take lightly, and the Coast Guard is working to investigate the incident in accordance with Coast Guard policy.”

The Coast Guard is protecting Florida from drug smugglers and illegal immigration coming through the Caribbean Sea.

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