Coast Guard interdicts 886 pounds of cocaine from sailing vessel

Coast Guard District 7 News MIAMI — The Coast Guard intercepted 886 pounds of cocaine from a sailing vessel about 300 miles south of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Oct. 16, 2011.

While conducting a law enforcement patrol, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence located a sailing vessel. The crew of the Confidence crew boarded the vessel, located 358 bricks of cocaine, and detained five suspects.

The five suspects and vessel were transferred to Customs and Borders Protection officials in Miami.

The seized contraband was transferred to U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents Friday at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla.

The cutter Confidence is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Port Canaveral, Fla.

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