The U.S. Coast Guard off loaded 3,662 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $3.3 million wholesale, and 254 kilograms (560 pounds) of cocaine, worth an estimated $8.5 million, Friday at its Miami Beach station.
The drugs were seized in the Caribbean after a Sept. 3 report of a suspicious Panamanian-flagged vessel southeast of Nicaragua. Cost Guarad personnel contacted the vessel; after receiving no response, they received permission from the Panamanian government and boarded the vessel, according to a Coast Guard release. The boarding team found the cocaine in a hidden compartment; suspects aboard were transferred to authorities in Tampa.
That same day, the Coast Guard received a report of three people holding onto a capsized vessel. A team from the Vigilant rescued the trio and confiscated 68 bales of marijuana floating in the water, the Coast Guard reported.