FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Officials from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy are in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to offload 26.5 tons of cocaine — worth an estimated $715 million — seized in the waters off the Eastern Pacific.READ MORE: 'It Just Takes Time': Sixers Coach Doc Rivers Confident Ben Simmons' Chemistry With Teammates Will Return
Officials from the United States and Canada will discuss the drug interdictions during a news conference at Port Everglades on Thursday morning.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Boy, Man Shot In Head Near Lincoln High School, Philadelphia Police Say
In a news release, the agencies said Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Naval crews participated in 27 separate drug smuggling vessel interdictions and five bale recovery operations off of Central and South America. The participating ships sailed with embarked Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment teams aboard.
The agency says increased U.S. and allied presence in known drug transit zones off Eastern Pacific and Caribbean Basin is part of its Western Hemisphere Strategy.MORE NEWS: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Proposing New Legislation To Combat Sexual Assaults On College Campuses
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