Authorities in Miami said Thursday that a Coast Guard force operating from the Navy ship U.S.S. Oak Hill discovered the drugs aboard a motorboat. It was stopped in international waters of the Gulf of Mexico on December 2nd.
The 4,400 pounds of cocaine is worth an estimated $245 million on the street.
The Oak Hill was taking part in an annual deployment of U.S. ships to the Caribbean Sea and Latin American waters when it was asked to intercept the suspected smuggling vessel.
Authorities say cocaine traffickers are increasingly operating from Central American countries as other routes become riskier for them.