Coast Guard seizes $19 million worth of cocaine off Costa Rica, dope headed to Miami Beach base

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The Coast Guard says cocaine confiscated by U.S. authorities off the coast of Costa Rica is worth roughly $19 million.

The 1,250 pounds of cocaine will be offloaded Monday morning at the Coast Guard base in Miami Beach.

Officials say a Coast Guard crew on routine patrol in the eastern Pacific caught up with a go-fast vessel on May 29 about 305 miles southwest of Cocos Island, Costa Rica. The crew confiscated the drugs and detained six people on board the boat.

The Coast Guard says the suspects were transferred to Drug Enforcement Agency officials in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The drugs will be transferred to DEA agents in Miami Beach.


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