The captain of the boat, Jonathan Costenbader, 34, of Palm Beach County, and two others were arrested after agents said they observed Costenbader removing duffel bags from the yacht Sunday and loading them into his pickup truck, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.
"The agents asked Costenbader what was in the duffel bags and Costenbader replied 'cocaine,'" the criminal complaint states.
Authorities said 282 bricks of cocaine, with a value of at least $5.5 million, were found in the truck and aboard the yacht.
Costenbader told agents he obtained the cocaine from a boat off the Bahamas shore, and intended to deliver the bags to another man. Agents from several law enforcement authorities arranged to have Costenbader deliver bags of fake cocaine to the intended recipient, court records said.
Steven Torello Davis, 26, was arrested when he allegedly received the fake cocaine in West Palm Beach, agents saying "he believed he was supposed to receive approximately 200 bricks of marijuana and/or cocaine."
Costenbader, Davis, and Michelle Daniel, 33, of Jupiter, Fla., who told agents she helped carry some of the bags as they were unloaded from the yacht, were arrested on charges they conspired to import cocaine, the newspaper said.
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