MIAMI (WAVY) - Coast Guard Cutter Northland, based in Portsmouth, Va., interdicted more than 3,500 pounds of cocaine from a 35-foot boat in the Caribbean Sea, according to a Coast Guard press release.
In all, 54 bales of cocaine - worth $43,254,000 - was confiscated. Four suspected smugglers were detained.
The interdiction was part of Operation Martillo, which is an international operation involving air, land and maritime assets. Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron, based in Jacksonville, Fla., spotted the boat from air.
"This successful seizure by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Northland is just the latest of several recent interdictions to occur under Operation Martillo," said Capt. Brendan McPherson, 7th Coast Guard District chief of enforcement.
Cost Guard Cutter Pea Island also assisted in the interdiction.
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