Cutter Returns With Drugs Worth $324 Million
April 15, 2020
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL-753) crew offloaded more than 18,700 pounds of cocaine, nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana and 15 gallons of liquefied cocaine, all worth more than an estimate $324 million on April 3, 2020 at Port Everglades, Florida. The drugs were interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, including contraband seized and recovered in 15 interdictions of suspected drug smuggling vessels by nine American and Canadian ships.
The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton and her crew then returned to the ship's homeport at Charleston, South Carolina on April 5, 2020 ... completing a successful 80-day patrol throughout the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
The Hamilton is the fifth cutter named after Alexander Hamilton, who was the first United States Secretary of the Treasury and in that position requested the formation of the United States Coast Guard.
Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally