Smugglers Throw $23 Million In Cocaine Overboard In Coast Guard Bust

first published on February 18, 2018 by

Video release by the US Coast Guard shows drug smugglers attempting to throw $23 million worth of cocaine overboard as they try to avoid capture.

The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton boarding team chased down a “go fast boat” off the coast of Central America in international waters on 4 February 2018.

As the video begins, the smugglers can be seen dumping the bags of powder out into the water, but soon, they just start throwing entire packages of the cocaine to get rid of it as quickly as possible.

Their go fast boat didn’t go fast enough, and they were apprehended by the US Coast Guard. They packages of illicit cargo they attempted to discard float visibly on the surface and are readily collected by the cutter team as evidence. Reports indicate that 1,800 pounds of cocaine, with a street value of $23 million was recovered.

The USCGC HAMILTON (WMSL 753) is a 418 foot national security boat stationed out of North Charleston, South Carolina.


The traditional role of of the Hamilton class cutters is enforcement of laws and treaties as well as search and rescue (SAR) on the high seas. However, their various weapons systems, sensors and radars, and onboard aircraft make them perfectly suited for drug smuggling interdiction missions.

On 13 February, the CG Cutter Hamilton offloaded 14,000 pounds (7 tons) of cocaine at Port Everglades. The massive haul of drugs was the culmination of a series of recent US Coast Guard drug busts by five different cutters on multiple operations. The cocaine busts occurred off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America.


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