By Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has seized about $93 million worth of cocaine during two separate operations in the western Caribbean Sea.

Authorities said Thursday more than 6,000 pounds of the drug would be brought ashore at the Miami Beach Coast Guard station. The seizures are part of Operation Martillo, aimed at countering Central American sea routes used by smugglers to move drugs, weapons and cash.

The largest seizure occurred Aug. 28 off the coast of Panama, when more than 3,200 pounds of cocaine were found in a suspicious freighter spotted by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection airplane. The ship was seized and eight crew members arrested.

On Aug. 23, four suspected smugglers were arrested after the Coast Guard stopped a speedboat carrying 32 cocaine bales off Colombia’s coast.

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