MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - The U.S. Coast Guard unloaded about 350 kilograms of seized cocaine worth $11.6 million, Monday, at the Coast Guard Base in Miami Beach.
Officials said, during an Operation patrol on Oct. 27, a Joint Interagency Task Force South marine patrol aircraft detected a go-fast vessel suspected of smuggling contraband in the Caribbean Sea.
As the U.S. Coast Guard and multiple law enforcement agencies intercepted the vessel, they were able to board the vessel, detaining five suspected smugglers and seizing 14 bales of cocaine.
The cocaine and smugglers were turned over to federal law enforcement officials in Miami.
The cocaine has an estimated wholesale value of $11.6 million.
“This seizure highlights how effectively the U.S Coast Guard and our Allied partners are working together to disrupt and dismantle the criminal networks that depend on the flow of illicit drugs from South America into the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe,” said Cmdr. Carmichael, deputy chief of enforcement for the Coast Guard 7th District.
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