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Coast Guard seizes 1,400 pounds of cocaine

Feb. 20, 2013 at 5:06 PM

MIAMI, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard announced Wednesday it intercepted 1,400 pounds of cocaine from a powerboat in the Caribbean Sea.

While patrolling the southwestern Caribbean on Jan. 24, Customs and Border Protection aircraft spotted the craft, called a "go-fast" boat, and Coast Guard helicopters located it. After law enforcement officials boarded the craft, four alleged smugglers were detained and 18 bales of suspected contraband, which later tested positive for cocaine, was retrieved after being tossed in the water, the Coast Guard said in a release.

The value of the cocaine, destined for the United States, was estimated at $17 million.

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