Coast Guard Crews Suspected a Drug-Smuggling Operation. Here's What They Found

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U.S. Coast Guard members sit atop a seized semi-submersible suspected smuggling vessel in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean as the cutter Harriet Lane maneuvers nearby Oct. 24, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Patrick Kelley)

Crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane stopped a vessel in the Caribbean Sea after suspecting a drug-smuggling operation, the Coast Guard said Monday.

What they found on the boat amounted to about $1 million worth of marijuana, the Coast Guard said.

Last week, crews offloaded the nearly 1,300 pounds of marijuana at the Coast Guard Base Miami Beach.

The Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with allied and international partner agencies, have partnered to combat drug operations at sea.

"The fight against drug cartels in the Caribbean Sea requires unity of effort in all phases from detection, monitoring and interdictions, to criminal prosecutions by U.S. Attorneys in districts across the nation," the Coast Guard said in a news release.

This article is written by Carli Teproff from Miami Herald and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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