Source: Claudia DoCampo and Brian Hamacher / NBC 6 South Florida
Approximately 1,250 pounds of seized cocaine worth an estimated $19 million were offloaded by the Coast Guard in Miami Beach Monday morning.
The cocaine was discovered on May 29, when the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf received a report from a Customs and Border Protection aircraft crew of a small go-fast vessel about 305 miles southwest of Cocos Island, Costa Rica, the Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard was able to stop the vessel and found a package that later tested positive for cocaine. Six suspected smugglers were detained and the Coast Guard sank the vessel as a hazard to navigation.
The suspected smugglers were transferred to Drug Enforcement Agency officials in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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