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Reports: Boston-Based Coast Guard Ship Helped Make Huge Cocaine Bust

The US Coast Guard offloaded the packages of cocaine from Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Spencer on Saturday in Miami Beach, Florida.
The US Coast Guard offloaded the packages of cocaine from Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Spencer on Saturday in Miami Beach, Florida.US Coast Guard

Boston’s long arm of the law stretched pretty far last month to help make a monumental drug bust on the high seas, according to several reports.

After a Coast Guard aircraft spotted a ship traveling at a high rate of speed southwest of the Dominican Republic, Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, a vessel based in Boston, was deployed to help apprehend the fast-moving craft, according to CBS Boston.

The boatcrew arrived on scene in international waters and discovered 25 packages weighing 1,327 pounds, on board that later tested positive for cocaine.

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The packages, which contained an estimated value of $20 million in cocaine, were unloaded Saturday in Miami Beach, according to NBC Miami.

Dominican Today reported that Colombian and Dominican anti-narcotics forces assisted with the drug bust.

The US Coast Guard released a brief statement about the recent seizure.

"This seizure highlights the hard work and dedication of our crews in stopping the illegal flow of drugs in the Caribbean and reducing the destabilizing effects that drugs have on society," said Cmdr. Anthony Williams, commanding officer of the Spencer.

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