The Coast Guard cutter Dallas, homeported in Charleston, intercepted approximately 4,000 pounds of cocaine and 940 pounds of marijuana during two separate cases while patrolling the Caribbean Sea, the Coast Guard disclosed Friday.
According to the agency, Dallas crewmembers located a 40-foot “go-fast” vessel north of Hobbies Cays, Honduras, on Dec. 22.
Once sited, crewmembers then witnessed personnel aboard the vessel jettison multiple bales into the water.
The Dallas crew retrieved 77 individually wrapped packages that tested positive for cocaine. The cocaine weighed approximately 4,000 pounds and has an estimated street value of $48 million.
Four detainees were transferred to federal law enforcement officials at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
A week later on Dec. 31, Dallas crewmembers located another go-fast vessel southwest of Jamaica. The Dallas crew launched their smallboat to stop the suspect vessel and board. The boarding team witnessed personnel jettison multiple bales into the water, the Coast Guard said. The boarding team recovered 16 packages testing positive for marijuana.
The Dallas crew was able to detain three suspected smugglers and prevented the trafficking of 940 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $852,000.
The three detainees were transferred to Jamaican Defense Force officials.
The contraband from both cases were offloaded at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., Wednesday.