Coast Guard seizes more than $44.5 million worth of cocaine in Caribbean

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard seized more than $44.5 million worth of cocaine in international waters near Puerto Rico.

The drugs were seized during two different incidents. On March 15, Coast Guard officials said they detected a 30-foot go-fast vessel in international waters off Puerto Rico.

A cutter crew detained two suspected smugglers and seized 400 kilograms of cocaine in that incident, officials said.

The second incident was in the evening of March 15, when the Coast Guard spotted a second go-fast vessel near Puerto Rico. Crew members detained three suspected smugglers and seized 929 kilograms of cocaine.