Coast Guard offloads more than $12 million in cocaine in St. Petersburg

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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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