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U.S. Coast Guard Seizes 1.4 Tons of Cocaine Off of Aruba

In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, a crewman from the Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell guards some of more than 28,000 pounds of cocaine, seized at sea and offloaded at Naval Base San Diego, Thursday, April 16, 2015. The vessel arrived with more than 14 tons of cocaine, part of what authorities described as a surge of seizures near Central and South America. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Connie Terrell via AP)
In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, a crewman from the Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell guards some of more than 28,000 pounds of cocaine, seized at sea and offloaded at Naval Base San Diego, What authorities described as a surge of seizures near Central and South America. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Connie Terrell via AP)

SAN JUAN – The U.S. Coast Guard seized 1.4 tons of cocaine and arrested five Honduran men aboard a boat intercepted 34 miles northwest of Aruba, the office of the U.S. attorney in San Juan said this week.

The joint operation with the Justice Department’s Caribbean Corridor Task Force took place last Friday in cooperation with Dutch naval units based in Aruba, U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez said in a statement.

Rodriguez-Velez estimated the street value of the cocaine at roughly $46 million.

The Panamanian-flagged vessel Two Brothers was intercepted in international waters and escorted to San Juan, where the Hondurans will face charges in U.S. federal court, the statement said.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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