In another dramatic example of how the black market for marijuana continues to thrive in the United States, the U.S. Coast Guard recently announced the seizure of 11,000 pounds of marijuana from international waters in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific Ocean. That equates to about $10 million in value.
In the same operation, the Coast Guard also seized 27,300 pounds of cocaine worth about $367 million.
The drugs “will not reach Main Street USA, thanks to the efforts of this crew,” Jeffrey Randall, commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Cutter James told NBC. The seizure was made at Port Everglades, Florida, with the drugs being taken over two months in 18 separate interdictions across the Caribbean Basin and in the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central American and South America.
All the marijuana and cocaine were bound for the U.S.