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DHS Joint-Task Force Seizes More Than $44 Million Worth of Narcotics

Several law enforcement agencies, along with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Joint Task Force, seized more than $44 million worth of narcotics in the Eastern Pacific Ocean last month.

Approximately 1,900 pounds of cocaine were seized from a panga-style vessel on Oct. 25, according to DHS. Three suspects--one Ecuadorian national and two Colombian nationals--were also taken into custody by Joint Task-Force West agents.

According to DHS, agents assigned to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Joint Task Force-West uncovered information of narcotics being smuggled out of South America in late August.

Two weeks later, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alert's helicopter spotted a panga-style vessel matching the description of the vessel in the information provided by HSI and Joint Task-Force West.

Three suspects were arrested after a marksman on the Alert disabled the engine on the panga using a long-arm weapon.

The suspects are in custody, pending prosecution for narcotics smuggling, according to DHS.

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