Coast Guard Cutter Spencer helps Bahamians locate more than 1,700 pounds of cocaine

MIAMI – Two law enforcement boarding teams from the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer assisted Royal Bahamas Police Force officials and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents Thursday in locating 1,777 pounds of cocaine hidden within two Haitian-flagged vessels.

RBPF officials contacted the Coast Guard for technical assistance with the dockside boardings of the 70-foot coastal freighter Miss Kahylah and the 75-foot coastal freighter Sainte Vierge in Matthewtown, Bahamas. During the course of the boardings, crews located a total of 1,777 pounds of cocaine hidden within the vessels. All 12 Haitian crewmembers and the contraband were transferred to Bahamian officials for further investigation.

“This is another excellent example of cooperation among law enforcement agencies working together to keep more than $8 million of illicit drugs off the streets,” said Coast Guard Cmdr. Dan McLaughlin, commanding officer of the cutter Spencer.

The cutter Spencer is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Boston.

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