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Approximately $27.7 million of cocaine to be offloaded at Naval Station Mayport

5:42 AM, Sep 20, 2013   |    comments
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 26: Under heavy security a pile of packages filled with cocaine is piled up after being off loaded from the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber after it was seized during Operation Martillo, worth an estimated $27 million on April 26, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The cocaine was found while the crew was conducting a law enforcement patrol, where they located a 68-foot fishing vessel in the western Caribbean Sea, April 18, 2013. The crew of the Cutter Gallatin boarded the vessel, lo
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ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. - A fishing boat spotted in the Eastern Pacific Ocean was carrying more than just the catch of the day.

Military authorities seized more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine from the fishing boat September 16, according to a release from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The fishing boat was about 260 nautical miles north of the Galapagos Islands when crews from the USS Rentz (FFG-46) contacted the U.S. Navy P-3 Orion long-range patrol aircraft to intercept the fishing boat suspected of smuggling narcotics.

Suspects and evidence needed for prosecution were later turned over to Costa Rican authorities.

The narcotics were transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Forward Sunday and will be offloaded at Naval Station Mayport Friday.

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