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Coast Guard seizes drugs worth $11.8 million

Miami Herald Staff

United States Coast Guard offloads huge drug seizure

Coast Guard crew members offloaded 254 kilograms of cocaine, worth an estimated wholesale value of $8.5 million and 3,662 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated wholesale value of $3.3 million. Video by Jose A. Iglesias /El Nuevo Herald
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Coast Guard crew members offloaded 254 kilograms of cocaine, worth an estimated wholesale value of $8.5 million and 3,662 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated wholesale value of $3.3 million. Video by Jose A. Iglesias /El Nuevo Herald

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.

Coast Guard crew members offloaded 254 kilograms of cocaine, worth an estimated wholesale value of $8.5 million and 3,662 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated wholesale value of $3.3 million. Video by Jose A. Iglesias /El Nuevo Herald

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