Another month, another massive haul of seized cocaine being unloaded at the Miami Beach Coast Guard station. This morning the Coast Guard unloaded $17 million worth of white stuff that had been seized in conjunction with the Royal Netherlands Navy earlier this week.
On November 15th, a maritime patrol aircraft spotted a suspicious speed boat in the waters just Southeast of the Isla Beata, Dominican Republic. Crew members of the boat were spotted jettisoning packages into the ocean. Usually a crew throwing packages overboard in the middle of the ocean is a pretty big giveaway they're dumping drugs.
So Netherland's HNLMS Friesland intercepted the boat. A U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment team was aboard.
Four suspected smugglers were found on the go-fast vessel, along with the cocaine. 515 Kilograms divided up amongst 22 bales were collected. The USCG estimates the street value was $17 million.
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The smugglers were taken into U.S. Custody while the contraband was placed in control of the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber.
"This seizure highlights how effectively the U.S Coast Guard and our Allied partners are working together to disrupt the flow of illicit drugs from South America into the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe," said Cmdr. Timothy Cronin, deputy chief of law enforcement for the Coast Guard 7th District, in a statement . "We have to keep these drugs from penetrating our borders. More importantly, we have to get after the organized criminal networks that fuel the violence and instability in the Western Hemisphere."
The Coast Guard claims it has seized 222 metric tons of cocaine worth a grand total $7.4 billion in the past calendar year. This seizure was part of a joint effort between several nations called Operation Caribbean Venture.