US Coast Guard and Netherlands Navy seize almost 4,000 pounds of cocaine

More than $126 million in cocaine will be offloaded from the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk, at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Florida, and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and FBI officials.

The drugs were seized in a joint effort between the Coast Guard, the Royal Netherlands Navy ship Van Speik and Joint Interagency Task Force South on June 25, 2005 at 200 miles northwest of Santa Marta, Colombia.

Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment 105 and the crew of the Royal Netherlands Navy ship Van Speijk teamed up and seized almost two tons of cocaine that was hidden aboard the 200-foot cargo ship D'Mary. The San Diego based Coast Guard team deployed aboard the Dutch naval ship found the contraband hidden in hidden compartments aboard D'Mary with assistance from a Royal Netherlands Navy Maritime Security Team.

The eight crew members of D'Mary and the 85 bales of contraband transferred to the Coast Guard cutter Mohawk will be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and FBI officials in Key West. The 85 bales of cocaine weighing almost 4,000 pounds have an import value of more than $126 million.

The cutter Mohawk is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter from Key West.

Source: US Coast Guard

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