Working in conjunction with Costa Rican authorities, the U.S. Coast Guard recently detected and intercepted a shipment of nearly $30 million in cocaine in the waters of the Eastern Pacific.
During a patrol early last week, a Coast Guard cutter’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) helicopter crew identified a suspect fishing boat and requested the assistance of a Costa Rican Air Surveillance Service maritime patrol aircraft.
The Coast Guard cutter’s small boat intercepted the fishing vessel, the Costa Rican-flagged Amanda M, and the team received authorization to board her. Over the course of an extended search, they discovered several false compartments throughout the boat, and by Thursday morning they had uncovered 1,700 pounds of cocaine. Read on.