U.S. forces at sea stop another cocaine shipment

U.S. Navy photo Navy and Coast Guard crew members alongside the 'USS Nicholas' prepare to transfer the captured cocaine bales.

Another U.S. naval vessel has recovered cocaine in an incident that led to the capture of a drug-smuggling gofast boat.

The boat is the guided-missile frigate “USS Nicholas,” which was in the Pacific Ocean as part of Operation Martillo, the multinational effort against drug smuggling.

The U.S. Southern Command said that crew members of the “Nicholas” pulled bales of cocaine totaling 4,910 pound from the sea during the incident June 4. The action also involved the “U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman” and a Colombian naval vessel.

U.S. Navy and Coast Guard crew members appear to have chased the gofast boat back into Colombian waters where a Colombian patrol boat captured it and its crew.

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