$20 Million in Cocaine Seized off Cape Cod
September 7, 2013
The Coast Guard seized more than 1,200 pounds of cocaine and detained 2 suspected smugglers during an at-sea interdiction on Monday, September 2, approximately 500 miles east of Cape Cod. The drug shipment is estimated to have a wholesale value of more than $20 million.
After consultation with Canada, the Dependable crew boarded the Elegance, removed suspected contraband and detained 2 crewmembers. A test revealed the contraband to be cocaine.
The cutter arrived at Coast Guard Sector Boston to unload the contraband and transfer custody of the 2 detainees and cocaine to awaiting U.S. Marshall Service and Drug Enforcement Administration officials in Boston, Friday. Customs and Border Protection teams were also present to assist.
On average, the Coast Guard nationwide seizes 306 pounds of cocaine each day. Since September 2012, the Coast Guard has seized 44,000 pounds of cocaine in partnership with regional law enforcement authorities.