[image-1] Ever wondered what 18.5 tons of cocaine looks like? The Charleston-based Coast Guard Cutter James can help. Last week, Guardsmen from the James assisted in offloading approximately 37,000 pounds of coke seized as part of anti-drug trafficking measures in international waters in the Eastern Pacific.

The seized drugs unloaded at Port Everglades, Fla., have a street value of over $500 million, according to an announcement of the operation on Monday.

The offload, Joint Base Charleston says, represents 15 separate seizures, with the James responsible for the largest share, over 19,000 pounds of total haul.

The James is a 418-foot cutter that has been based in the Charleston area since earlier this year. [image-2]