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Monday July 22, 2013

High Speed Boat Chase near Miami Beach Results in $35 Million Cocaine Seizure

High Speed Boat Chase near Miami Beach Results in $35 Million Cocaine Seizure

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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.