Coast Guard cutter seizes 10,000 pounds of cocaine, offloads in Miami

BOSTON – Crewmembers from a Kittery, Maine-based Coast Guard cutter offloaded nearly 10,000 pounds of cocaine in Miami today.

While conducting law enforcement patrols in the Caribbean Sea, crewmembers aboard the 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma, located the 120-foot Honduran-flagged vessel, Miss Dayanna, about 76 miles south of Pedro Bank, Jamaica, June 26.

The crew boarded the vessel and located nearly 10,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated street value of $159 million hidden within the vessel. The seven Hondurans on the vessel were detained and the Tahoma crew later transferred them to U.S. drug enforcement agents. Miss Dayanna was transferred to the government of Honduras.

The seizure was one of three during a four-day period in late June in which United States and British navy patrols netted more than 13,000 pounds of cocaine in the Caribbean Sea.

* The crew of the Boston-based cutter Escanaba located the 45-foot U.S.-flagged vessel, Sunset, about 65 miles west of Grenada, June 24, and discovered 1,400 pounds of cocaine on board.

* Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team 106, from San Diego, aboard HMS Iron Duke, boarded the Venezuelan flagged motor vessel, La Nina, June 28, approximately 280 miles north of Barbados and discovered 2,000 pounds of cocaine on board.

“The combined efforts of Coast Guard, British Navy, and our Interagency Task Force partners patrolling the Caribbean to intercept illegal drugs at sea are remarkable,” said Rear Adm. R. Steve Branham, Seventh Coast Guard District commander. “We are pleased to announce that six tons of cocaine with an estimated street value of $227 million will never make it to our streets.”

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