Coast Guard offloads $23 million of cocaine in St. Pete
ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -
Coast guard members in St. Petersburg removed approximately 1,500 pounds of cocaine on Monday discovered on a vessel in international waters.
According to the Coast Guard, the approximate wholesale value of the cocaine is $23 million.
The drugs were found during a patrol in the western Caribbean on March 12th when the crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa detected a suspicious vessel moving at a high rate of speed in international waters.
The Tampa's onboard helicopter Customs and Border Patrol Maritime Patrol pursued the vessel.
After effectively stopping the vessel, crews discovered 695 packages of cocaine hidden on board.
"This seizure highlights the hard work and dedication of our crews in stopping the illegal flow of drugs in the Caribbean," said Cmdr. Clinton Carlson, the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa's commanding officer. "This interdiction demonstrates the effectiveness of our federal and interdiction partnerships to keep dangerous drugs off our streets.”
On Monday, the crew offloaded the drugs at the Coast Guard Sector in St. Petersburg.