The United States Coast Guard says it has transferred custody of three Dominican Republic smugglers and about 1,100 pounds of cocaine to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) following an at-sea interdiction off the coast of Guayama, Puerto Rico.
On Wednesday, the Coast Guard said the interdiction was the result of a multi-agency law enforcement effort in support of Operation Unified Resolve, Operation Caribbean Guard and the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force.
The drug shipment was estimated to have a wholesale value of about US$16 million dollars.
While on a routine patrol Wednesday evening, the crew of a Joint Interagency Taskforce South maritime patrol aircraft detected the suspicious go-fast heading towards Puerto Rico with three people and possible contraband on board.
A Coast Guard cutter was to interdict the suspected vessel.
The crew proceeded to embark the vessel and confronted the smugglers and 14 bales of suspected contraband, which tested positive for cocaine.
The cocaine and persons onboard were transferred from the Tahoma to the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba for transport to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where they were taken into custody by DEA special agents.