|Published:||Sep 29, 2010 3:29 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 29, 2010 12:29 PM EDT|
FT. PIERCE, Fla. (AP) - Four men have been arrested in connection with a failed drug and illegal immigrant smuggling operation.
Authorities say a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vessel encountered a motor boat Sunday named "Who Cares" in the St. Lucie Inlet. Officers say they boarded the vessel and found five Haitians and one Bahamian boat captain.
The officers say they found four padlocked small suitcases, which contained 78 bricks of a white substance that field tested positive for cocaine.
Authorities say an undercover ICE special agent accompanied the boat captain to a drop-off meeting with two other Florida-based men, and they were all arrested. One of the vessel's passengers was also arrested.
It wasn't immediately known if they had attorneys.