MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Coast Guard crews seized bales of cocaine worth $32.7 million dollars in the Caribbean Sea.READ MORE: COVID In Florida: Cases, Positivity Rates, Deaths Rise Amid Coronavirus Surge
Crews on a routine patrol April 7th say they spotted a suspicious 30-foot blue-hulled go-fast boat with four men on board. It was about 150 nautical miles from La Romana, Dominican Republic.
Coast Guard officials say they fired warning shots which prompted the men on the go-fast boat to stop.READ MORE: 'Biggest Tragedy Is Preventable Loss Of Life': Memorial Healthcare System Chief Urges Public To Get COVID Vaccine
Once the team boarded the boat, they found 1,100 kilograms of cocaine.
The suspected smugglers – a Colombian and three Venezuelan men- were taken into custody.MORE NEWS: Florida Becoming Epicenter Of Coronavirus Outbreak
Coast Guard officials the bust is part of a joint effort between various agencies to combat drug trafficking into the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.