The United States Coast Guard has seized almost 30,000 pounds of marijuana and cocaine with a street value of around $475 million.
The Coast Guard crew aboard the Cutter Legare offloaded 24,700 pounds of cocaine and 3,892 pounds of marijuana at Base Miami Beach on Thursday, the US Coast Guard confirmed in a press release.
The narcotics were recovered from international waters during a joint operation targeting drug cartels between the US Coast Guard, US Navy, the Royal Netherlands Navy, and the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard.
The commanding officer of Legare, Jeremy Greenwood, said: "I am proud of the crew's continued devotion to duty that made this offload possible. "Through the coordinated efforts of the Legare, the LEDETs, HNLMS Groningen, CGC James, and the USS Billings crews, we significantly contributed to the counter-drug mission and the dismantling of transnational criminal organizations. "The drugs seized through this coordinated effort will result in significantly fewer drug-related overdoses."
He said that fighting the drug cartels and highly organised criminal groups takes a huge amount of unity at various phases of the process.
"From detection and monitoring to interdiction and apprehension, and on to criminal prosecutions by international partners and US Attorneys' Offices in districts across the nation.
"Detecting and interdicting illegal drug traffickers on the high seas involves significant interagency and international coordination."
The Legare, which is stationed in Portsmouth, Virginia, covers a huge patch of ocean and patrols from Maine to Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, the Eastern Pacific, and the Caribbean.
The operations carried out by the Legare include "law enforcement, search and rescue, protection of living marine resources, homeland security and defense operations, international training and humanitarian operations," according to a statement released by the Coast Guard.
The statement added: "The US Navy and allied foreign ships conduct law enforcement missions under the authority of embarked Coast Guard LEDETs from Tactical Law Enforcement Teams based in Miami and San Diego."