U.S. agencies pitch in on pursuit of suspected smugglers

 

hsampson@MiamiHerald.com

After three days and 350 miles on the ocean, three drug smuggling suspects were arrested this week in the Bahamas.

According to a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard, the pursuit got its start Sunday afternoon when a Coast Guard helicopter saw the go-fast boat 35 miles north of Cuba. The helicopter was participating in Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, an anti-smuggling partnership between the Coast Guard, Drug Enforcement Administration and Bahamas.

Tuesday night, a Coast Guard helicopter crew and Customs and Border Protection aircraft helped direct a boat crew from the Royal Bahamian Police Force. The Bahamian police vessel stopped the suspects in their boat off the coast of Andros and took three people — as well as 853 pounds of marijuana — into custody early Wednesday.

According to the Coast Guard, the wholesale value of the drugs was more than $773,000.

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