Authorities seized $6 million worth of cocaine and arrested three people on a “go-fast” smuggling boat while on a routine patrol in the Caribbean Sea.
Officials said the suspicious boat was spotted Monday by a Navy helicopter crew from the USS Kidd working with the Coast Guard and law enforcement. The helicopter crew called the USS Kidd to interdict the vessel. While trying to evade capture, the smugglers threw eight bales overboard. Eventually the suspects were apprehended. The bales were recovered and the contents tested positive for cocaine.
Two of the suspected smugglers are from the Dominican Republic and the other is from Colombia, officials said. They were taken to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where they were taken into custody by customs officials.
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