A boat carrying about 3,000 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $7.6 million was intercepted in the Caribbean Sea by officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Miami.
The suspicious vessel was spotted on Aug. 18 and was tracked CBP aircraft and Coast Guard boats as the suspected smugglers onboard tried to elude the authorities, officials said.
The boat was eventually stopped and three suspects were taken into custody while the 1.5 tons of marijuana was seized.
"Our highly-trained agents are fully engaged and diligently disrupting illicit activity before it reaches the coastline," William Gibbon, Director of CBP’s Miami Air and Marine Branch. "We’re focused on providing aerial and maritime surveillance, interdiction, and operational capability in support of the maritime border security mission."