MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A half a million dollars worth of marijuana and one suspected smuggler were turned over to South Florida DEA agents on Saturday.
The U.S. Coast Guard said the drugs were seized after the crew of a Customs and Border Protection aircraft on routine patrol spotted a suspicious go-fast vessel with five persons aboard in the Western Caribbean Sea. The Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk was sent to check it out.
When they pulled up to the boat, they reportedly spotted the suspected smugglers dumping their cargo overboard. A total of 68 packages were recovered from the water which tested positive for marijuana.
Four of the suspected drug smugglers were transferred to another Coast Guard cutter which delivered them to the Jamaican Defense Force. The 68 bales of pot and the fifth suspect were brought to Key West.