Coast Guard nabs $1 million in cocaine off Galveston
GALVESTON, TX (KTRK) -- Coast Guard personnel were joined by other federal agencies Christmas Eve to remove more than 85 pounds of cocaine from a ship off the Galveston coast.
According to the Coast Guard, the crew of the 900-foot oil tanker Godavari Spirit notified Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston that they located a suspicious package hidden aboard their ship and suspected it to contain narcotics.
A joint team consisting of the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and the Drug Enforcement Administration were taken 70 miles offshore Monday aboard a Coast Guard cutter to board the tanker and locate the cocaine.
After a thorough search, the Coast Guard says a team located and seized a total of 31 packages of cocaine, valued at an estimated $1,139,000.
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