$4.6 million worth of marijuana seized in Bahamas by Coast Guard officials

MIAMI (WSVN) -- Over 5,000 pounds of marijuana was seized by the United States Coast Guard and multiple agencies near the Bahamas Wednesday.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection aircraft spotted the 35-foot vessel speeding without lights at around 12:53 a.m., according to a news release.

"This is another great achievement by OPBAT and highlights how our joint efforts reduce the negative impacts illicit trafficking has on the United States and the Bahamas," said Cmdr. Mark Driver, OPBAT director for Coast Guard aviation operations.

Authorities took the suspect along with the vessel and marijuana to be processed in the Bahamas.

"Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos is a combined Coast Guard, DEA, CBP, and Government of Bahamas partnership to combat drug smuggling to and from the Bahamas," the release said.

The estimated value of the pot is worth $4.6 million.

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