Cocaine valued at $110M wholesale seized in Caribbean

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MIAMI, Fla. (CBS/CNN) — Coast Guard crew members pulled into Miami Beach to offload an estimated 7,341 pounds of cocaine, seized in two separate cases in the Caribbean.

The cocaine is estimated to be worth $110-million, wholesale. The drugs will now be handed over to federal authorities, and destroyed.

“One of the larger busts that the Coast Guard has brought in in recent memory,” Lt. Meaghan Gies with the U.S. Coast Guard, told CBS Miami.

cokebustThe Coast Guard’s first seizure was made when they searched a fishing boat from Panama, though at first nothing was found.

“After the boarding, the fishing vessel actually caught on fire so the Coast Guard detachment vessel pulled off all six crew members,” said Lt. Gies, to CBS Miami.

The rescued crew members were being taken to safety in Jamaica, when millions worth of cocaine were found floating in the water.

“During that transit they then located 97 bales of suspected contraband that was afloat in the water,” said Lt. Gies, to CBS Miami.

Then four days later, Coast Guard crew members intercepted a suspected smuggling go-fast boat from Cartagena, Colombia on its way to the U.S. The Coast Guard helicopter shot out the boat’s engine, reports CBS Miami.

“Helicopter employed warning shots and then disabled the vessel,” said Lt. Gies, to CBS Miami. “They discovered there was over 900 kilograms of suspected contraband.”

The street value of the cocaine is worth triple the amount of the wholesale value, if sold in the streets.


  • airjackie

    No wonder so many lawmakers and wealthy people go to Florida where drugs flow freely. Gov. Scott open ports to dealers and even surrounding State now have drug problems. The Florida drug enforcement said the problem is to big for them to handle. Florida Rep. Trey Radal is a long time crack cocaine user and by accident was caught with possession of crack cocaine in DC. Well this explains why Speaker Boehner brought a home in Florida and why Mexico is used as a distraction.

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