Federal and local law enforcement Thursday arrested four people and recovered at least 40 kilograms of cocaine in an operation off both the bay and ocean sides of Key Largo.
A law enforcement source said U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations tracked a vessel coming from the Bahamas. That vessel, a twin-engine Grady White, transferred its contraband to a flats boat about two miles out at sea.
The transaction was being tracked by Customs’ air crews, who alerted crews on the water, who gave chase. The flats boat tied up behind a house in the Sexton Cove subdivision, near mile marker 106, on the bay side of Key Largo, and the vessel’s occupants ran, according to law enforcement officials.
At least one suspect was arrested from that boat around noon.
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Customs crews caught up with the Grady White in Angelfish Creek on the ocean side of Key Largo off State Road 905 later in the day.
Before the flats boat stopped behind Sexton Cove, crews dumped the bails of cocaine, law enforcement officials said.
Police are still looking for two other people from the boats.