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Coast Guard seizes more than 4,000 pounds of marijuana

4 suspects taken into custody

The U.S. Coast Guard offloads $3.7 million worth of marijuana seized during an interdiction at sea.
The U.S. Coast Guard offloads $3.7 million worth of marijuana seized during an interdiction at sea.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – More than 4,000 pounds of marijuana seized at sea was offloaded Wednesday at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Miami Beach.

The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Paul Clark seized the drugs from a go-fast boat south of Jamaica on Christmas Eve.

Four suspects were taken into custody and turned over to the Department of Homeland Security. Local 10 News could not confirm if the men were Jamaican nationals, but they did comply with the Coast Guard's commands.

"The fact that the vessel did have fuel barrels on deck and the contraband was easily visible from the ship, that was suspicious," Lt. Breinna Hite said.

Hite said rough waters actually helped with the interdiction, preventing the go-fast boat from trying to get away.

The seizure was the last of 2014 for the Miami Beach-based Coast Guard crew. The drugs are worth an estimated $3.7 million.

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