Coast Guard reels in $11 million worth of cocaine in drug bust

Posted at 4:51 PM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 04:06:43-05

The U.S. Coast Guard off-loaded more than 770 pounds of cocaine Monday after busting suspected smugglers in the high seas.

The drugs were seized in the Caribbean Sea and brought to the Coast Guard Base Miami Beach.

On Oct. 27th, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight launched a helicopter and a small boat with help from the U.S. Coast Guard after officials suspected a go-fast vessel was carrying the contraband.

Crews intercepted the boat and found 14 bales of cocaine. The drugs have an estimated value of $11.6 million.

"This seizure highlights how effectively the U.S Coast Guard and our Allied partners are working together to disrupt and dismantle the criminal networks that depend on the flow of illicit drugs from South America into the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe," said Cmdr. Carmichael, deputy chief of enforcement for the Coast Guard 7th District.

Five people aboard the vessel were detained.


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