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Authorities Awaiting Arrival of $48M of Cocaine in Miami Beach

on Friday, 29 June 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Cocaine

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Authorities are awaiting a large supply of cocaine, expected to be unloaded today at the U.S. Coast Guard base in Miami Beach, FL.

The operation involved three drug busts that occurred on the high seas, resulting in more than 3,800 pounds of cocaine being seized.

The cocaine is valued at over $48 million. According to authorities, the cocaine was seized somewhere in the Caribbean as a result of three interdictions beginning late in May.

The first operation took place on May 31, when 2,600 pounds of cocaine were recovered from a small 35ft go-fast boat. The Valiant, along with the U.S. and Nicaraguan Navy took part in the operation and five smugglers were taken into custody.

The second bust took place on June 10. The Coast Guard, along with the Navy Frigate USS Elrod, seized over 1,000 pounds of cocaine and brought four people into custody.

The last operation came on June 15 off the coast of Colombia, when 220 pounds of cocaine was found on board a 40ft sailing vessel. The Coast Guard and the USS Carr discovered the drugs and brought three people into custody.

According to the Coast Guard, all three busts were part of a single plot, known as Operation Martillo. The Coast Guard hopes the operation will help disrupt the drug trades occurring throughout the Central American transshipment routes.

The drugs are set to arrive this afternoon at the Miami Beach Coast Guard base.

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