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U.S. Coast Guard and authorities in Trinidad intercept $837 million in cocaine

March 2, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. Coast Guard and authorities in Trinidad intercept $837 million in cocaine

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Authorities in Trinidad Tobago (TTCG) and U.S. Coast Guard made one of the biggest drug busts in decades after intercepting a shipping vessel that was transporting 4.2 tons of cocaine in February, worth an estimated street value of $837 million, officials said in a statement.

According to a press release, the TTCG said the seizure occurred back on February 16th during a drug interdiction operation conducted between the TT Coast Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Law enforcement officials said the  70-foot fishing boat was stopped in international waters off the coast of Suriname.

The statement said that searches carried out on board the vessel uncovered 4.2 tons of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $125 million USD dollars, in what officials have called the largest seizure of illegal narcotics in the Atlantic since 1999.

The vessel was towed by TTCG and U.S. Coast Guard ships to waters east of Tobago en route to Puerto Rico, the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian reported.

U.S. Coast Guard officials said four Guyanese natives were apprehended in connection with the narcotics bust and were subsequently transferred to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration based in St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, to face prosecution on drug trafficking charges.

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