JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Coast Guard detained four Colombian drug smugglers and approximately 2,420 pounds of cocaine in the Caribbean Sea.
On August 20th, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Campbell helped detain four drug smugglers who had attempted to flee from Dominican authorities.
After a two-hour chase, the cutter's small boat was able to stop the suspect vessel and detain the smugglers.
The crew found 44 bales of contraband hidden inside the vessel. Testing revealed the shipment to be almost 2,420 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $29 million.
On Wednesday morning, the Coast Guard crew transported the seized drugs to Mayport for the final transfer to Drug Enforcement Administration authorities.
The Colombian drug smugglers were transferred to U.S. DEA personnel in the Dominican Republic for further investigation.
The Coast Guard Cutter Campbell is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.