Coast Guard intercepts boat carrying ton of marijuana

By ANIKA MYERS PALM | Orlando Sentinel | Published: October 8, 2012

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — A U.S. Coast Guard cutter returned to Port Canaveral with more than a ton of marijuana it intercepted from a drug boat.

The Confidence offloaded about 2,245 pounds of the contraband, which has an estimated worth of about $2 million.

The crews of the Confidence and the Dauntless, another Coast Guard ship, intercepted a 30-foot boat suspected of smuggling drugs just south of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Aug. 17.

As a crew from the 210-foot Confidence pursued the suspected drug boat, the people aboard the boat jettisoned bales of what looked like contraband into the water, according to the Coast Guard. The crew of the Dauntless, also a 210-foot cutter, recovered 55 bales from the water.

The bales tested positive as marijuana.

The crew from the Confidence stopped the suspected drug boat, detained four people and found several more packages that later would be determined to hold marijuana, according to the Coast Guard.

The Confidence and Dauntless regularly patrol waters in the Caribbean Sea. Both boats are expected to be replaced soon by new offshore patrol cutters.


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