Coast Guard seizes 1,900 pounds of cocaine

MIAMI – Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant offloaded 675 bricks of cocaine, or nearly 1,900 pounds, at Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral, Fla., Sunday.

While conducting a law enforcement patrol in the Caribbean Sea, crewmembers aboard the cutter Vigilant located a 62-foot Honduran-flagged vessel with seven people aboard.

The Vigilant crew boarded the vessel and found nearly 1,900 pounds of cocaine, which has an estimated street value of nearly $26.3 million.

The seven suspected smugglers aboard the vessel were detained, taken aboard the Vigilant, and later transferred to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. The 675 bricks of cocaine were transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

The Vigilant is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Port Canaveral.

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