Coast Guard Recovers Nearly 5,000 Pounds Of Drugs

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KEY WEST, Fla. – Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Miller passes a bail of cocaine to Seaman Joshua Chavez at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., Feb. 16, 2012, as the the crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Dallas offloads drugs seized during the ship’s current patrol. The ship is on its last patrol before it is decommissioned in March. U.S. Coast Guard (Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The U.S. Coast Guard revealed Friday two different interdictions that netted roughly 4,000 pounds of cocaine and 940 pounds of marijuana.

The first interdiction happened December 22, 2011 when the Coast Guard Cutter Dallas found a 40-foot go-fast boat north of Honduras. Dallas crewmembers found 77 individually wrapped packages which tested positive for cocaine.

The cocaine weighed approximately 4,000 pounds and had an estimated street value of $48 million. The four people on the boat were taken to the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Then, later on New Year’s Eve, the Dallas found another go-fast boat near Jamaica. Crewmembers from the Dallas boarded the boat and found 16 packages that tested positive for marijuana.

The marijuana weighed in at more than 900 pounds and had a street value of more than $850,000. The crewmembers detained three people on the boat and took them to Jamaican Defense Force officials.

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