(WTKR) – The US Coast Guard Cutter Pelican offloaded almost one ton of cocaine Monday, in St Peterburg Florida, which was seized in the Caribbean.
The cocaine is valued at $23 million, and along with the seizing of the drug, three smugglers were also arrested.
The cocaine came from a drug bust in the Caribbean Sea on Nov. 11, just south of Jaragua, the Dominican Republic, say officials with the Coast Guard.
While working under the direction of U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S), Coast Guard law enforcement members boarded the go-fast boat and discovered 30 bales of cocaine and apprehended three suspected smugglers.
The cocaine and drug smugglers on the boat were transported to shore at the RFA Mounts Bay, a Royal Fleet Auxiliary Bay-class auxiliary landing ship dock. The RFA Mounts Bay crew transferred the detainees and contraband to the crew of the Pelican and offloaded at Sector St. Petersburg.
The Coast Guard has been working with its counterpart in the Caribbean to help stop drug trafficking and smuggling on the Caribbean Sea, said Coast Guard officials.
The cutter Pelican is an 87-foot Coast Patrol Boat homeported in St. Petersburg.