The Charleston-based Coast Guard cutter Dallas ended 2011 with two huge drug busts, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The service announced that the Dallas was able to intercept 4,000 pounds of cocaine north of Hobbies Cays, Honduras on December 22. 77 individually-wrapped packages were seen dumped into the water. The coke was estimated to have a street value of $48 million. Four detainees were transferred to the Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Later, on December 31, another vessel was found southwest of Jamaica offloading 940 pounds of marijuana with a street value of 852-thousand dollars. Three detainees were transferred to the Jamaican Defense Force.
The contraband from both cases were offloaded at Coast Guard Sector Key West on Wednesday.
Sheree Bernardi of Charleston affiliate WTMA contributed to this report.