The U.S. Cruise Guard has seized US$1.4 billion rate of illicit drugs from multiple ships, thanks in piece to a Halifax-essentially based fully Royal Canadian Navy ship.
American, Canadian and Dutch authorities intercepted an entire of 27,080 kg of cocaine and 649 kg of hashish from drug-carrying vessels on the high seas.
Amongst the ships that participated in the bust included the Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS Shawinigan, a coastal defence vessel essentially based fully in Halifax. The Shawinigan had been in the Caribbean Basin since early June as a little bit of Operation Caribbe, the Canadian contribution to U.S.-led anti-drug trafficking efforts in the Caribbean Sea.
The drugs had been all offloaded to Port Everglades in Castle Lauderdale, Fla. — the finest drug offloading in the U.S. Cruise Guard’s history. U.S. and Canadian authorities held a news conference on Thursday on the pier, standing in entrance of one of the narcotics that had been seized.
“The Canadian authorities and the Canadian Defence Forces brings an incredible ability in defeating transnational organized crime,” Vice Adm. Steven Poulin, who is the Atlantic residence commander for the U.S. Cruise Guard, acknowledged during the news conference.
“I am grateful to HMCS Shawinigan, that they is almost certainly here in addition to to showcase Canada’s dedication.”
Canadian Armed Forces public affairs officer Lt. Nicolas Plourde-Fluery told CTVNews.ca over the phone on Friday that between July 12 and 13, the Shawinigan helped the U.S. Cruise Guard behavior two raids in the Caribbean Sea, which resulted in the seizure of 1,348 kg of cocaine.
On July 18, Shawinigan crewmembers intercepted and boarded a dinky vessel, seizing 675 kg of cocaine. On July 21, one other dinky ship used to be intercepted and boarded by the Shawinigan, leading to the seizure of 774 kg of cocaine.
All over four interdictions in 10 days, the HMCS Shawinigan seized virtually about 2,800 kg of cocaine rate US$70 million.
“I will be capable to no longer particular how proud I am to maintain sailed with these other folks, and how proud I am of what we’ve done and how we done it. And I do know both Canadians and Americans alike feel the identical,” Lt.-Cmdr. Bill Sanson told reporters on Thursday. “Four seizures in 10 days is extraordinary.”
Maj. Gen. Paul Ormsby, who is the Canadian Defence Attaché in Washington, acknowledged the operation is a testament to the finish and productive partnership between Canada and the U.S.
“The kind of co-operation that we search on this pier this present day. It be unbiased appropriate one in every of the hundreds of spectacular examples of that co-operation each day,” he acknowledged on Thursday.
The HMCS Shawinigan is anticipated to come to Halifax on Monday, Plourde-Fluery acknowledged.