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RECORD SEIZURE! Coast Guard Takes 4.2 Tons of Cocaine Worth An Estimated $125M … Four Guyanese Men Detained

RECORD CACHE SCORE: U.S. Coast Guard officials seized 4.2 tons of cocaine off the coast of Suriname. The coke has a street value of $125 million and was brought back to Puerto Rico and turned over to the DEA.

SAN JUAN — Authorities have made the largest maritime seizure of cocaine in the Atlantic region since 1999 from a boat off South America’s northeastern coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday.

About 4.2 tons of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $125 million, was confiscated from a fishing boat in international waters off Suriname, said Ricardo Castrodad, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard in San Juan.

The vessel was stopped and searched by authorities Feb. 16 during a joint patrol by the crews of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Joseph Napier and the coast guard of Trinidad and Tobago, Castrodad said.

The crew of the Napier, which is based in Port Canaveral, Florida, towed the 70-foot (21-meter) fishing vessel, the Lady Michelle, to St. Vincent and four men on board from Guyana were taken to the Virgin Islands to face possible criminal charges.

The Coast Guard took the cocaine to Puerto Rico and turned it over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Meanwhile, Trinidadian law enforcement authorities said that they also participated in the bust with the U.S. Coast Guard. To read more please go to:

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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