Coast Guard Arrests Smugglers, Repatriates Migrants

Two drug smugglers were arrested after authorities found them with $2 million worth of cocaine

Thursday, Aug 23, 2012  |  Updated 10:51 PM EDT
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The U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday that it interdicted Dominican drug smugglers and repatriated Cuban migrants with the help of the Caribbean Border Interagency Group.

The organizations arrested two Dominican smugglers and seized 170 pounds of cocaine last week off a 25-foot wooden boat after the duo threw several bails of the drug overboard, the Coast Guard said.

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The smugglers, detected by aircraft in the Mona Passage, were taken to DEA special agents in Puerto Rico. The recovered cocaine was valued at $2 million, the Coast Guard said.

One day later, the same patrol boat repatriated 20 Cuban migrants to the Dominican Republic after they were located off the cost of Puerto Rico.

The group of 15 men and five women were saved by the Coast Guard and Good Samaritans after the boat’s operator caused the boat to capsize, the agency said.

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