MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – The U.S. Coast Guard captured more than a ton of cocaine during two operations in the Caribbean in recent weeks.
The first happened on September 3rd when the Coast Guard boarded a 35-foot fishing vessel in the Western Caribbean. The crew found more than 2,800 pounds of cocaine worth approximately $34 million.
Then, on September 16, the Coast Guard stopped a different ship on which they found 119 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $1.5 million.
“These interdictions were conducted during joint operations with Dutch and French authorities and highlight the importance and effectiveness of international partnerships as we work to stem the flow of illegal narcotics,” said Cmdr. Douglas Goodwin, commanding officer of the Coast Guard cutter Diligence.
The arrested crew members were given over to officials at the U.S. Naval station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.