St. Petersburg, Florida -- The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute is
scheduled to offload more than $12 million in cocaine, seized during two
separate cases, at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg on Sunday.
U.S. Coast Guard seized more than $12 million in cocaine
during two separate cases in February in support of Operation Martillo.
On February 7, a maritime patrol aircraft saw a
40-foot go-fast northeast of Panama and as they launched a boat after it the go-fast vessel threw several packages into the water. The suspects fled at a high rate of speed
towards Panamanian waters while crewmembers recovered three bales from the
water that later tested positive for cocaine.
The second seizure occurred on February 14, when a
maritime patrol aircraft located and observed a go-fast vessel crew throw several packages in the water northeast of Panama. Crewmembers from the
Colombian Navy stopped the go-fast vessel and took the suspected smugglers in
custody. Crewmembers recovered 12 bales of contraband from the water that
later tested positive for cocaine.
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