Coast Guard law enforcement crews interdicted a go-fast vessel last Tuesday that it says was carrying 2,300 pounds of cocaine about 20 miles off the coast of Panama.
The suspected drug smugglers jettisoned their contraband, set fire to their vessel and then jumped overboard. All four suspected smugglers were rescued by the Coast Guard. One of the suspected smugglers suffered minor burns when they scuttled the vessel. A law enforcement crew from the Coast Guard cutter Bear recovered 46 bales that tested positive for cocaine and detained the four suspects. The go-fast vessel sank.
The four detainees and 46 bales of cocaine were turned over to Panamanian officials.
The Coast Guard cutter Bear is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter home-ported in Portsmouth, Va.