$20m in cocaine — more than 1,360 pounds — seized off shore by Boston Coast Guard crew

A US Coast Guard crew based in Boston seized more than 1,360 pounds of cocaine – with an estimated street value of more than $20 million – from a sailboat 460 miles east of Cape Cod, authorities said.

It was not immediately known where the 49-foot vessel, Elegance, was headed when it was intercepted, but its next listed port of call was Montreal, authorities said.

Two people were arrested. Hicham Ramzi Nahra, 27, of Canada, and Benjamin Celma-Sedo, 49, of Spain, were charged in US District Court in Boston with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute on board a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable intercepted the vessel on Monday.


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