Suspected smuggler dies after boat, cocaine seized in Eastern Pacific Ocean

ALAMEDA, Calif. – A suspected cocaine smuggler died in Guatemala Tuesday following the seizure of his boat in the Eastern Pacific Ocean by the U.S. Coast Guard. The man was medevaced to Guatemala City when he sustained possible engine fragment or shrapnel injuries after shots were fired to disable the boat’s engines as it fled from authorities.

Video – Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf intercepts drug smugglers

EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN – Two suspected drug smuggling boats were pursued and interdicted simultaneously July 8, 2009, 80 miles off the coast of Guatemala, during the first drug interdiction for Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, the first commissioned National Security Cutter.