A coast guard patrol intercepted two boats, one loaded with suspected cocaine and the other carrying containers of fuel, Saturday morning. The action on the high seas came in the Caribbean about eight nautical miles east of Cahuita.
The Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas said that three men, all Colombians, were detained. An estimated 77 kilos of suspected cocaine were confiscated, but a report suggested that the men had dumped quantities of drugs into the sea before their capture.
The two boats were traveling at high speed.
Police and coast guard officials said they were maintaining a patrol so that locals would not try to salvage the drugs that are adrift.