Photo: U.S. Coast Guard-Joseph Betson
The Coast Guard is reporting the seizure of 2,300 pounds of cocaine, with a street value of $35 million, after a high-speed boat chase near Miami Beach.
On Saturday a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter spotted a ‘go-fast’ speed boat with suspicious packages on board traveling on the Caribbean Seas in the early hours. The Coast Guard requested the ‘go-fast’ to stop by firing warning shots. When the boat did not stop the Coast Guard shot out the boat’s engine and sent a cutter ship to help intercept the boat.
The disabled boat was carrying forty-two bales of cocaine that had been thrown overboard during the high-speed chase.
Authorities arrested four alleged coke smugglers. The large coke haul is believed to have originated in South American with the end-goal of being distributed and sold in the U.S.
Since October under the “Operation Unified Resolve” initiative U.S. authorities have seized nearly 40,000 pounds of coke with a street value of $600 million.