The U.S. Coast Guard hauled in more than 3,500 pounds of cocaine after spotting a go-fast boat in the Caribbean, the agency announced.
The interdiction carried out as part of "Operation Martillo" took place on March 3 when aerial surveillance led the Coast Guard Cutter Northland to the 35-foot go-fast vessel.
According to the Coast Guard, personnel from the Northland boarded the boat, detained four suspected smugglers and seized 54 bales of cocaine.
The agency says the drugs have a wholesale value of $43,254,000.
"Operation Martillo" is part of the U.S. government's effort to cut into Central American transit routes for illicit drugs, weapons and cash.
The cutter Northland is a 270-foot medium-endurance vessel out of Portsmouth, Va. It was assisted in the interdiction by the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island out of Key West, the Coast Guard said.
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