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MARTINIQUE: Customs Officers Carry out Record Cocaine seizure off Martinique

A handout photo taken by the French customs off Martinique shows the Silandra sailboat carrying cocaine escorted to Fort-de-France by customs officials. (Source:CNN)
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A handout photo taken by the French customs off Martinique shows the Silandra sailboat carrying cocaine escorted to Fort-de-France by customs officials. (Source:CNN)

A handout photo taken by the French customs off Martinique shows the Silandra sailboat carrying cocaine escorted to Fort-de-France by customs officials. (Source:CNN)

(CNN) French customs officers say they have seized more than 2 tons of cocaine aboard a sailboat that was falsely flying an American flag in the Caribbean.

 photo released on April 18, 2015 by French customs in Fort Saint-Louis military base in Fort-de-France, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique shows packs of cocaine stored after they were seized on April 15, 2015 on a sailboat off the French Caribbean island of Martinique. (Source: TIME)

photo released on April 18, 2015 by French customs in Fort Saint-Louis military base in Fort-de-France, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique shows packs of cocaine stored after they were seized on April 15, 2015 on a sailboat off the French Caribbean island of Martinique. (Source: TIME)

The drugs, whose value is estimated at more than $105 million, are the biggest cocaine seizure ever carried out by French authorities, said Michael Lachaux, director of customs operations in Martinique.

Officers arrested one Venezuelan and two Spanish citizens who were on board the vessel off the coast of Martinique on Wednesday, Lachaux said in an interview with the radio station France Info on Saturday.

Martinique is an overseas department of France.

In November, French customs officials seized nearly 250 kilograms (550 pounds) of cocaine on a vessel that was also off the coast of Martinique, according to authorities.

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