The United States Coast Guard says it has detained two Guyanese and three Jamaican smugglers and seized 215 lbs of cocaine, aboard a Guyanese fishing vessel in the Caribbean Sea.

The Coast Guard says the interdiction, on July 2, was the result of a multi-agency law enforcement effort in support of Operation Unified Resolve, Operation Caribbean Guard and the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force.

The seized contraband has an estimated wholesale value of just over USD$3-million.

The Coast Guard says its detected a suspicious fishing vessel named “Chrispoph”, about 170 miles south of the Dominican Republic, with five people and possible contraband on board.

The vessel was registered in Guyana.

The Coast Guard says it was authorized by the Guyanese Government to stop, board and search the vessel.

During a preliminary search of the vessel, five bales containing 98 packages of cocaine were found.

The Coast Guard says the cocaine and suspects were taken to San Juan in Puerto Rico before being handed over to the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force.