A US Coast Guard helicopter crew, working under the direction of Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, assisted in the seizure of 5,050 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of USD 4.6 million on July 15.
While on routine patrol, a US Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft located a 35-foot go-fast vessel transiting at a high rate of speed without navigation lights.
A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a Royal Bahamas Police Force boat crew with Drug Enforcement Administration agents aboard launched to pursue the vessel.
At 12:53 am local time the RBPF boat crew and DEA agents intercepted the go-fast vessel, took six suspected smugglers into custody and seized the contraband.
The suspects, vessel, and narcotics were taken to Nassau, Bahamas for processing.