US Coast Guard offloads US$5.1m of cocaine seized in Caribbean Sea
CLEARWATER, Nov. 14, CMC – The United States Coast Guard says crewmembers aboard the Cutter Alligator offloaded cocaine valued at US$5.1 million in St. Petersburg, Florida last Thursday.
The Coast Guard said the cocaine was seized in support of Operation Caribe Venture. During a routine patrol last week, a Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine aircraft detected a 25-foot “go-fast” vessel in the Caribbean Sea.
Coast Guard officials report that an armed Coast Guard helicopter crew aboard observed suspicious packages on board the go-fast vessel.
“After the suspected vessel failed to heave to, the armed helicopter crew employed warning shots and then disabling fire to stop the vessel,” the Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard said three suspected smugglers aboard the go-fast vessel were detained and later turned over to law enforcement officials.
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