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Nation IN BRIEF : FLORIDA : Ship Seized With 5.5 Tons of Cocaine

May 10, 1993|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A ship seized in the Pacific Ocean after U.S. authorities discovered it was carrying an estimated 11,000 pounds of cocaine, along with its cargo of fish meal, has arrived in Miami. Coast Guard officials said the seizure was at least the second-largest made at sea, but the drug's final weight would not be available until later this week. The 225-foot Sea Chariot, registered in the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent, was spotted April 22 by a Navy helicopter in international waters about 300 miles south of Panama. Officials boarded the ship and, after finding the drugs, escorted it through the Panama Canal to Miami Beach.

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