Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark scheduled to offload approximately $800,000 of marijuana

MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark is scheduled to offload approximately 900 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of nearly $800,000 at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida, this morning.

The crew of a Customs and Border Protection Air Marine aircraft spotted a go-fast vessel off the coast of Cap Du Mole, Haiti, Tuesday evening. The crew Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark located the go-fast vessel and launched their smallboat crew to investigate. Upon detecting the Coast Guard crew, the suspected smugglers aboard the vessel jettisoned numerous bales of contraband into the water and began to flee. The Paul Clark smallboat crew was unable to apprehend the suspect vessel, but were able to recover the jettisoned cargo from the water.

The Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters which are replacing the Island-class patrol boats are capable of speeds in excess of 28-plus knots and is armed with one stabilized remotely operated 25-mm chain gun and four crew-served .50-caliber machine guns. With speed, firepower and flexibility, the FRC delivers superior lifesaving, law enforcement and homeland security capabilities.

The Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark, commissioned into service August 24, 2013 is a Fast Response Cutter homeported in Miami.

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