Coast Guard nabs $1 million in cocaine off Galveston

Personnel from the Coast Guard Investigative Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection conducted a joint boarding off Galveston, Texas, and brought back more than $1 million in cocaine Dec. 24, 2012. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

December 27, 2012 10:02:59 AM PST
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.