The US Navy’s USS Milwaukee, accompanied by US Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), has captured an estimated $22 million in suspected cocaine during an operation in the Caribbean Sea.
A maritime patrol aircraft spotted a suspected drug smuggling go-fast boat during patrolling. They have also witnessed packages being thrown out into the water.
After getting permitted to conduct a search on-board, the authorities captured and recovered the packages. Smugglers were arrested from the spot around five of the suspected drugs.
According to the information released by the authorities, the estimated 315 kilograms of suspected cocaine worth approximately $22 million was recovered.
Meanwhile, LEDET’s officer in charge, Lt Jordan Lachowsky, said, “we are very pleased with the effectiveness of everyone’s response and the integration of all parties involved.”
“We are looking ahead for more opportunities and more success ahead in the future.”
USS Milwaukee was deployed to the US 4th Fleet area to support Joint Interagency Task Force South’s mission, which involves counter-illicit drug trafficking missions in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific.