NORFOLK(AP) -- A Virginia-based Navy ship has recovered about $26 million worth of cocaine that was thrown overboard by suspected drug smugglers in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
The Navy says the guided-missile frigate USS Carr recovered more than 700 pounds of cocaine on Oct. 11.
The Navy says a maritime patrol aircraft was sent to intercept a speed boat that was suspected of carrying the drugs.
During the pursuit the crew threw the drugs overboard and eventually escaped.
The Carr then conducted a search to find the drugs.
The Carr is currently deployed in support of Operation Martillo, a multi-nation effort to target drug trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus.
This is the Carr's final deployment. It is scheduled for decommissioning in March.