Drug fastboat in Caribbean no match for Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard photo. Cutter Northland crew members take inventory of the bales captured on the high seas.

The U.S. Coast Guard captured a fast boat carrying more than 3,500 pounds of cocaine earlier this month.

The seizure was part of Operation Martillo that is run by the U.S. Southern Command in an effort to close the coastal routes for drug smugglers.

The Coast guard said that the 270-foot Cutter Northland stopped the 35-foot boat March 3. The report did not say where except that the capture was in the Caribbean. Typically drug smugglers take a route that is far out in the ocean from Costa Rica.

A helicopter that is part of the equipment carried by the cutter spotted the boat with four crew members and bales on its deck, the report said.

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