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Coast Guard offloads $35 million worth of cocaine

3:44 PM, Jul 20, 2013   |    comments
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(WTVJ) -- Coast Guard crews in Miami offloaded 2,300 pounds of cocaine at the Miami Beach base Saturday.

The $35 million worth of cocaine was recovered last week from a go-fast vessel with suspicious packages on board, according to a Coast Guard press release.

Boat and air crews followed the boat after an Air Station Miami crew saw the packages from overhead, officials said. When the suspected smugglers realized they were being chased, they jettisoned 42 bales that later tested positive for cocaine, the release said.

Four people were detained and transferred to law enforcement officials in Tampa, authorities said.

Among the boats that responded was the Robert Yered, a Fast Response cutter home ported in Miami and the fourth of its kind for conducting maritime drug busts. 


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