ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The US Coast Guard Cutter Marlin and its crew unloaded 17 bales of seized cocaine in St. Petersburg Thursday morning.
The seizure is valued at $11 million.
The Coast Guard said the drugs were seized from a go fast boat that was spotted in the western Caribbean by a marine air patrol unit.
The suspects on the boat attempted to escape at high speeds, but a Coast Guard helicopter fired several warning shots and eventually disabled the boat's engines. Three men have been detained along with the drugs.
The seizure is part of Operation Martillo which is aimed at stopping illegal drugs and weapons from coming into the United States.
Several Coast Guard Cutters were involved in the operation including Coast Guard Cutter Marlin out of Fort Myers Beach, Cutter Forward out of Portsmouth, Virginia, Cutter Confidence out of Port Canaveral, and HITRON out of Jacksonville.
WTSP, 10 News