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2 charged after Coast Guard seizes drugs on boat

Sep. 7, 2013 - 11:50AM   |  
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BOSTON — Federal prosecutors in Boston say two men face drug charges after the Coast Guard allegedly found them transporting about $20 million in cocaine on a sailboat in international waters about 400 nautical miles (740 kilometers) east of the U.S.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said 27-year-old Hicham Ramzi Nahra of Canada and 49-year-old Benjamin Celma-Sedo of Spain were charged in a criminal complaint Friday with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Prosecutors said the men had about 621 kilograms of cocaine on the boat Callisto, bound for Montreal. It was not immediately known if the men had attorneys.

The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable found the 49-foot boat, carrying the name Elegrance and flying a Canadian flag, on Monday. Canadian authorities discovered it wasn’t a Canadian vessel. Prosecutors said it was identified as the Callisto, whose last port of call was Venezuela.

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