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Boston-Based Coast Guard Ship Part Of $20M Cocaine Bust

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Coast Guard crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer transfer bales of cocaine to a boatcrew from Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida, off the coast of Miami (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney.)

Coast Guard crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer transfer bales of cocaine to a boatcrew from Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida, off the coast of Miami (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney.)

BOSTON (CBS) —A Boston-based Coast Guard vessel was part of a $20 million cocaine bust off the Dominican Republic.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney.)

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney.)

Last month, an aircrew aboard a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 reported a go-fast vessel southwest of the Dominican Republic with suspicious packages on board. Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Spencer launched an armed helicopter and a boatcrew to intercept the vessel.

The boatcrew arrived on scene in international waters and discovered 25 packages weighing 1,327 pounds, on board that later tested positive for cocaine.

The two suspected smugglers aboard were taken into custody and transferred to law enforcement officials in Miami.

“This seizure highlights the hard work and dedication of our crews in stopping the illegal flow of drugs in the Caribbean and reducing the destabilizing effects that drugs have on society,” said Cmdr. Anthony Williams, commanding officer of the Spencer.

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