U.S. Coast Guard intercepts 900 lbs. of marijuana

By Kaitlyn Shemenski , Associate producer, kshemenski@wjxt.com
Published On: Aug 18 2014 07:13:15 AM EDT
MIAMI -

The U.S. Coast Guard has collected about 900 pounds of marijuana worth $800,000 after intercepting a go-fast boat near Haiti.

The Miami Herald reported a U.S. Customs and Border Protection aircraft crew discovered a vessel off the coast of Haiti on Tuesday night. According to the Coast Guard, the crew suspected illegal activity and contacted the Coast Guard to investigate.

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss said the crew chased the go-fast boat, but weren't able to stop it.

Those aboard the go-fast boat began tossing bales of marijuana into the ocean as they escaped. The Coast Guard recovered the marijuana and it will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Doss explained that smuggling boats are designed to cut through the water with speed using multiple engines.

"It is always a challenge, but we definitely have the capability to stop them," Doss said. "But in this particular case it just did not work out, and we were not be able to stop them."

Officials don't know the origin of the marijuana, but confirmed the boat came from the Haitian coast.

The operation was a combination of efforts between the Coast Guard, Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bahamas Navy and the Dominican Navy.

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