|Published:||Oct 28, 2010 4:29 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 28, 2010 1:30 PM EDT|
MIAMI (AP) - Four men face federal drug smuggling and drug conspiracy charges after the Coast Guard found about 800 pounds of marijuana on a boat off Miami.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami, Customs and Border Protection agents spotted a suspicious vessel from the air on Oct. 21.
The Coast Guard was dispatched to the 45-foot boat's location about 2 miles east of Miami. The officers boarded the vessel and found the drugs in the forward cabin.
U.S. authorities then arranged for a controlled delivery of the drugs to the boat captain's associates. The three men were arrested when they arrived to pick up the marijuana.
A judge Wednesday ordered two of the men to be detained pending trial. The others face detention hearings Friday.