MIAMI (WAVY) - Eighty-eight bales of cocaine worth more than $80 million wereseized by the Portsmouth-based Coast Guard Cutter Forward earlierthis month in the Caribbean Sea, the Coast Guard said Monday.
Officials say the ship was on a routine law-enforcement patrolon Aug. 3 when crewmembers spotted a suspicious Honduran-flaggedfishing vessel about 27 miles off Honduras. The crew of the Forwardboarded the vessel, located the bales of cocaine, and detained fivesuspects.
The vessel was later sunk as a hazard to navigation in anundisclosed location.
The five suspects and seized contraband were transferred to theCoast Guard Cutter Tahoma for further transfer to Customs andBorders Protection officials in Miami.
The Forward is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter, commanded byCDR Mike Stewart.
A van crashed into a house in Virginia Beach Wednesday, and fire officials said an elderly driver was behind the wheel.
A 12-year-old student was arrested and charged with making a threat against a Hampton middle school.
The suspect entered Oriental Decor in the Lynnhaven Crossing Shopping Center around 1:50 p.m. on Dec. 6 and stole a sword valued at $300.