PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. - An early Tuesday morning search of a boat off of Port Everglades resulted in the seizure of 87 kilos of cocaine, according to a federal affidavit.
US Customs and Border Patrol Marine Officers spotted the vessel thirty miles east of Boynton Beach just before 2 a.m.
CBP officers said that they saw the boat operating without its navigational lights. Officers followed the boat and they intercepted it one mile east of Port Everglades in Broward County.
A search of the boat by two drug sniffing canines found twenty two bricks of cocaine in one compartment and sixty five bricks of cocaine in a second compartment, the affidavit said. Officers said that the 87 bricks weighed approximately 87 kilograms.
Investigators said that one person was found on the boat. He was identified as Mark Marchand who is now in federal custody.
Marchand is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate at the US District Court in West Palm Beach on August 13th on drug smuggling charges.