South Florida

150 Pounds of Cocaine Found on Fishing Boat Near Miami River

5 in custody after large amount of cocaine found on boat

About 150 pounds of cocaine were found on a fishing boat that was stopped near the Miami River Tuesday, authorities said.

The boat, Wes Win, was one of two boats coming from the Bahamas that were boarded and searched during a normal inspection, said Dylan Defrancisci, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

During the search officers found 70 packages of cocaine in boxes that were behind a stack of Jamaican fruit punch cans, Defrancisci said.

Miami River Drugs Seized
Custom and Border Patrol
Custom and Border Patrol released a photo of where alleged drugs were hidden on a boat sailing the Miami River.

The two crew members and three passengers who were on the boat were taken into custody and were being questioned, Defrancisci said.

No cocaine was found on the second boat.

Cocaine was seized after two boats were intercepted in the Atlantic Ocean off South Florida Tuesday, sources told NBC 6.

Miami-Dade Police's Marine Patrol assisted in the search and Homeland Security was taking over the investigation. 

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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