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$12 million in cocaine offloaded in St. Petersburg

 
$12 million in cocaine offloaded in St. Petersburg
Posted Monday, March 3rd 2014 @ 6am

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (970 WFLA) - The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute offloaded more than $12 million in cocaine, seized during two separate cases, at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Sunday, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) aboard on the USS Halyburton seized more than $12 million in cocaine during two separate cases in February in support of Operation Martillo, officials said.

On Feb. 7, a maritime patrol aircraft detected a 40-foot go-fast northeast of Panama. Coast Guard officials launched a smallboat and observed the go-fast vessel crew jettison several packages into the water. The suspects fled at a high rate of speed towards Panamanian waters, officials said, and the LEDET crew recovered three bales from the water that later tested positive for cocaine.

Crews said the second seizure occurred on Feb. 14 when a maritime patrol aircraft located and observed a go-fast vessel crew jettison several packages in the water northeast of Panama where officials said they recovered 12 bales of contraband from the water that later tested positive for cocaine.

Photo Credit U.S. Coast Guard 

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