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USCG Employs Lynx Helicopter to Catch Cocaine Carriers

By By Andrew Driwega, International Bureau Chief | October 29, 2014
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U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) officials working from a Royal Navy (RN) warship, HMS Argyll, have uncovered a haul of cocaine valued at more than $16 million that was hidden onboard a private yacht transiting through the Caribbean.

The Type 23 frigate’s Lynx helicopter made the initial identification of the suspect yacht and the warship made the interception. During a search of the vessel the USCG Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) discovered 10 bales of cocaine, and two crew members were arrested.

 

Photo courtesy UK Ministry of Defense

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The same helicopter ship combination was responsible for an even bigger haul of cocaine in August, when nearly $34 million worth of cocaine was discovered on a vessel following a 12-hour chase.

 

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