• USCG Certifies Cocaine Bales As Life Preservers

    The Colombian navy rescued three suspected drug traffickers using bales of cocaine to stay afloat following a shipwreck Sunday.

    The bizarre rescue occurred 30 miles from Tumaco on Colombia's Pacific coast, and a total 1,265 kilograms (2,789 lbs) of cocaine hydrochloride were recovered, according to a statement from the navy.
    During a search and rescue operation officials spotted the trio floating on a mass of packages of different sizes.
    Footage of the incident shows navy officers throwing life belts to the three men from a coastguard vessel.

    The haul totaled 1,265 kilograms.
    Once the three Colombian nationals and the packages had been taken safely to shore, chemical tests were carried out which determined that they contained cocaine hydrochloride.
    The three have been turned over to prosecutors and are awaiting charges for the trafficking, manufacturing, and possession of narcotics.