Coast Guard crew returns with cocaine worth $22 million

By WAYNE K. ROUSTAN | Sun Sentinel | Published: November 24, 2012

A Coast Guard crew returned to South Florida on Friday with an estimated $22 million worth of cocaine, officials said.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bear offloaded 42 bales of cocaine weighing more than 1,851 pounds at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach.

A Coast Guard law enforcement detachment aboard the HNLMS Van Amstel, with the Royal Netherlands Navy, helped recover the bales of cocaine during a counter drug patrol in the Caribbean Sea, officials said.

This latest seizure was part of Operation Martillo — spanish for hammer – an international effort to combat drug smuggling in the waters off Central America.

As of Nov. 6, the Coast Guard confiscated a total of 235,921 pounds of cocaine, 124,585 pounds of marijuana, and 70 vessels, with 352 people detained during drug interdiction efforts around the U.S., according to the Coast Guard's drug removal statistics for fiscal year 2012.



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