The U.S. Coast Guard has recovered over 28,500 pounds of marijuana and cocaine, offloading it on Thursday at the Base Miami Beach, Florida.
Jeremy M. Greenwood, commanding officer of Legare, said that he is proud of his crew’s “continued devotion to duty” which made the 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.
Stationed in Portsmouth, Virginia, the Legare is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter that is usually involved in operations like search and rescue, law enforcement, and homeland security. It patrols offshore waters from Maine to Florida, the Caribbean, the Eastern Pacific, and the Gulf of Mexico.
Florida’s Drug CrisisLast year, Florida reported more than 8,000 overdose deaths, including over 2,000 overdose deaths from cocaine.
By early August this year, Florida had already seen almost 2,000 overdose deaths.
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a new program last month aimed at helping opioid addicts recover.
In 2020 alone, drug overdose killed 91,799 people, of which 74.8 percent were deaths related to the intake of opioids.
Between 2019 and 2020, the age-adjusted rate of overdose deaths in the country rose from 21.6 per 100,000 people to 28.3 per 100,000 people, an increase of 31 percent.