Coast Guard and Caribbean Border Interagency Group law enforcement authorities, working in support of the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force, arrested two smugglers, seized a go-fast vessel and a 22-bale of cocaine shipment last week in waters south of Puerto Rico.
The drug shipment was estimated to weigh approximately 1,455 pounds and have a wholesale value of over $16.5 million dollars.
Customs and Border Protection agents on a routine patrol on board a CBP DCH-8 marine surveillance aircraft detected two men aboard a suspicious 30-foot go-fast vessel with two outboard engines adrift and multiple bales of suspected contraband onboard, approximately 55 nautical miles south of Salinas, Puerto Rico.
In related news, Coast Guard crews recovered 77 bundles of marijuana floating off the coast of San Diego’s Mission Beach last week.
A Navy helicopter contacted the Coast Guard Sector San Diego after spotting the bales floating in the ocean about 30 miles west of Mission Bay Wednesday evening.
The 3,200 pounds of marijuana collected were turned over to the Marine Task Force San Diego.