Tons of Marijuana and Cocaine Offloaded at Mayport

Tons of Marijuana and Cocaine Offloaded at Mayport

By Dialogo
December 05, 2012

As part of Operation Martillo, USS Carr (FFG 52) and embarked Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment offloaded 1.5 tons of cocaine and almost two tons of marijuana worth an estimated street value of $114.1 million at Naval Station Mayport last November 30.

The USS Carr was returning from conducting Counter Transnational Organized Crime Operations (C-TOC) in the region.

U.S. law enforcement agencies took custody of the drugs after they were offloaded for transfer, testing and disposal.

The drugs were seized while the ship was assigned to U.S. 4th Fleet supporting Operation Martillo in the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific off the coast of Central America.

USS Carr had been deployed since June 1, and after the offload returned to its homeport in Norfolk, Virginia.

A week prior, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bear offloaded more than 840 kilos of cocaine, with a wholesale value of more than $22 million, at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida.

The seized drugs had been transferred to the Bear from the HNLMS Van Amstel of the Royal Netherlands Navy.

A U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment embarked on the Van Amstel assisted in recovering 42 bales of cocaine during a counter drug patrol in the Caribbean Sea.