U.S. Coast Guard
The Coast Guard Cutter Kimball (WMSL-756) crew offloads about 11,300 pounds of cocaine and roughly 4,000 pounds of marijuana worth more than $223 million in San Diego. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alex Gray)

The U.S. Coast Guard has offloaded more than 7.5 tons of illicit drugs seized in recent weeks from seafaring smugglers in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

The haul, dropped off in San Diego, of 11,301 pounds of cocaine and 4,076 pounds of marijuana, was delivered from the decks of the Hawaii-homeported USCG cutter Kimball.

The drugs would have been worth some $223 million on the street, according to the agency.

The crews of three Coast Guard vessels and a Canadian government ship confiscated the narcotics off the coasts of Central and South America between late February and early this month, according to USCG public affairs.

“At-sea interdictions of pure cocaine are the most effective way to limit cartels’ destabilizing effects throughout the Western Hemisphere,” said Vice Admiral Michael McAllister, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area.

With aid from other military branches like the Navy, or other countries’ service, such as the Royal Canadian Navy, he added, the Coast Guard can “facilitate U.S. attorneys’ efforts to close the cycle of justice.”

The law enforcement phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific takes place under the authority of the 11th Coast Guard District, headquartered in Alameda. Interdictions, including boardings of suspected smuggling vessels, are led and conducted by Coast Guard personnel.

City News Service