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Coast Guard cutter helps with Bahamian drug bust

Port Canaveral Coast Guard boarded vessel, found $500K of drugs

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – Port Canaveral-based U. S. Coast Cutter Vigilant, assisting Bahamas law enforcement officials, discovered 480 pounds of marijuana and assorted prescription drugs on board a motor vessel in the Bahamas.

Local 6 news partner Florida Today reports the motor vessel Issac which was apprehended on the Bahamian Island of Great Inagua.

At the request of the Government of the Bahamas, cutter Vigilant's boarding team conducted a joint boarding of the 40-foot vessel with the coordination of Coast Guard Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, drug enforcement unit of Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force. During the search, the drugs were found stowed in a hidden compartment.

The Coast Guard, DEA, and Bahamian law enforcement agencies seizure on April 4 prevented nearly $500,000 of illegal narcotics from crossing national borders.

"It was a long but rewarding day that truly highlighted the teamwork of several agencies working together to discover and stop illegal contraband from being trafficked in the Caribbean," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Walker, Coast Guard maritime enforcement specialist.

Coast Guard Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos is a combined Coast Guard, DEA and Government of Bahamas partnership to combat drug smuggling to and from the Bahamas.