A drug haul of about 9,000 kilograms of cocaine has been seized over the course of a two-month campaign launched by the US against drug cartels operating in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
- The drugs were seized in eight operations by the crews of four cutters between mid-November and mid-January
- The Coast Guard said the busts were made off Mexico, Central America and South America
- The busts were part of a campaign against drug cartels operating in the region
The cocaine, estimated to be worth about $US338 million ($500 million), was offloaded from the cutter Munro at Naval Base San Diego on Monday morning.
The drugs were seized in eight operations by the crews of four cutters between mid-November and mid-January.
The US Coast Guard released aerial surveillance video showing boats being pursued and boarded at sea.
The campaign against drug cartels involves numerous US agencies, as well as the US Navy.
According to NBC San Diego, the Coast Guard said the busts were made in “known drug-transit zones” off Mexico, Central America and South America.
The television station reported Rear Admiral Peter Gautier saying the cocaine would have been headed to Central America to be diluted with other chemicals before being smuggled into the US.
In September, the US Coast Guard offloaded more than 5,400kg of cocaine in Miami that was seized from suspected drug smugglers in the eastern Pacific Ocean.