Members from the Coast Guard, Drug Enforcement Agency, MA State Police and other local and federal law-enforcement agencies offload more than 1,200 pounds of cocaine from the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable.  All Photos/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson.

Members from the Coast Guard, Drug Enforcement Agency, MA State Police and other local and federal law-enforcement agencies offload more than 1,200 pounds of cocaine from the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable. All Photos/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson.

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.

CG_Cocaine-1On Monday, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable interdicted the 49’ sailing vessel Elegance, which claimed Canadian registry, after it was observed riding suspiciously low in the water.

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.

CG_Cocaine-2Both crewmembers and the contraband were brought aboard the Dependable and the Elegance was taken in tow behind the cutter.

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.

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