SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The U.S. Coast Guard is celebrating a major drug bust in the Caribbean.
The Coast Guard said it was on routine air patrol on Tuesday morning, when they saw two men aboard a suspicious 30-foot go-fast vessel just south of Puerto Rico.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark responded and said they found 22 bales of cocaine in plain view on the boat.
The crew detained the two people onboard and then seized the drugs, which have a wholesale value of more than $16.5 million.
The Coast Guard handed over the suspected smugglers to U.S. Customs officers.
"This successful outcome is a result of multiple innovative multi-agency initiatives being brought to bear to enhance the ongoing and tireless efforts between all law enforcement agencies in the region that remain steadfastly committed to the safety and security of citizens in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands," said Capt. Drew Pearson, Sector San Juan commander.
The Reef Shark is an 87-foot coastal patrol boat homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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