The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute offloaded an estimated 2,921 pounds of cocaine and 1,300 pounds of marijuana — a total wholesale value of $36 million — today at the U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg.
The cocaine was seized during a Coast Guard operation on Sept. 27, when the Resolute detained a group of suspected drug smugglers off the coast of Honduras, according to a media release.
During the pursuit, the four suspected smugglers jumped into the water in an attempt to flee, but they were recovered by a crew from the Resolute.
Coast Guard crew members then boarded the boat and discovered 53 bales covered in a white powdery substance that later tested positive for cocaine.
The marijuana came from a separate incident, in which the crew of the Resolute recovered more than $1 million worth of marijuana that was jettisoned from a different boat near Nicaraguan waters. The crew's helicopter forced a go-fast boat to dump the drugs, before it fled into Nicaraguan waters. The Resolute's crew recovered 45 bales of marijuana from the water, weighing nearly 1,500 pounds.
The Resolute and its crew of 12 officers and 62 enlisted personnel returned to its home port of St. Petersburg after a 10-week deployment for training, supporting counter-narcotics, and search and rescue operations in the Western Caribbean.
The interdiction was carried out as part of Operation Martillo, which is one component in the government's approach to countering the use of shorelines in Central America as transshipment routes for illicit drugs, weapons and cash.
By TBO.COM | Tbo.com
Published: October 07, 2012
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