USCG Offloads 3,500 Pounds of Cocaine
Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Northland offload 3,500 pounds of cocaine at Base Miami Beach, Fla., March 16, 2012. The Northland crew seized the cocaine from a 35-foot go-fast vessel in the Caribbean Sea March 3, 2012. While on patrol in the Caribbean Sea, Northland's embarked helicopter crew from the Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON), based in Jacksonville, Fla., spotted a go-fast vessel with four crewmembers aboard and bales on deck. Northland crewmembers boarded the go-fast vessel, detained the four suspected smugglers, and seized the 54 bales of contraband, which tested positive for cocaine.