Coast Guard: 2,200 pounds of cocaine estimated at $27M seized on fishing boat in Caribbean Sea

Three suspected drug smugglers in FBI custody

MIAMI (AP) -- The Coast Guard in Miami says one of its cutters seized cocaine worth an estimated $27 million after stopping a fishing boat in the western Caribbean Sea.

Coast Guard officials say the 2,200 pounds of cocaine will be brought ashore Friday at a Miami Beach base and transferred to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The three suspected drug smugglers caught aboard the boat will be handed over to the FBI. Their identities and nationalities weren't immediately released.

The cocaine was seized April 18 by the crew of the Cutter Gallatin. The patrol was part of Operation Martillo, which brings together assets of several U.S. agencies as well as European and Latin American countries to stop drug smugglers. The operation also seeks to stop movement of drug-related cash and weapons.

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