About 18,000 pounds of the drug were offloaded from the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf at a port in San Diego, Fox 5 reported
The substantial haul arised from interdictions by the teams of five cutters in between mid-October and early December in a portion of the Pacific Ocean utilized as a drug-smuggling corridor, the Coast Guard said.
The U.S. Navy, federal agencies and global partners were likewise associated with the counter-drug operations.
Coast Guard Vice Admiral Linda Fagan credited the drug seizures with disrupting “dangerous activities of harmful cartels.”
” This cycle of justice interrupts the cycle of criminal offense, which, left uncontrolled, fuels violence and instability that rusts our hemisphere’s social and economic material and straight adds to historically high drug-related deaths in communities across the United States,” Fagan stated.
The bundles of drug offloaded Wednesday will be turned over to federal agents who will prosecute the traffickers, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported
The Associated Press contributed to this report.