Coast Guard intercepts boat with 2,300 pounds of cocaine in open waters


U.S. Coast Guard crew members are seen in newly released video intercepting a boat that officials say was carrying about 2,300 pounds of cocaine in open waters last week.

In dramatic video of the incident in the Eastern Pacific Ocean released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a Coast Guard boat can be seen trailing another boat.

People onboard the second boat are seen hurling bags overboard before being intercepted by the Coast Guard. It was not clear from the video what the bags contained.

{mosads}A description of the video, which was attributed to Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley, said the Coast Guard apprehended the alleged smugglers and seized about 2,300 pounds of cocaine from their boat.

The video comes weeks after the Coast Guard released similar footage showing a dramatic scene in which service members jump onto a moving submarine that officials said was smuggling cocaine. That incident was part of a larger $569 million drug bust.

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