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Yacht captain arrested with 620 pounds of cocaine

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Jonathan Costenbader, captain of M/Y Secret Spot, was arrested Oct. 6 as he unloaded duffel bags containing cocaine at Palm Harbor Marina in West Palm Beach, Fla.


Michelle Daniel and Steven Davis were also arrested and all three were charged with conspiracy to import more than five kilograms of cocaine and conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver. Eleven bags, about 621 pounds, of cocaine were seized by authorities according to news reports.


Daniel was arrested when she was seen in the salon onboard with bags of cocaine and Davis was arrested when Costenbader worked with officials to deliver to him in a controlled delivery.


Reports said Costenbader received the cocaine from a vessel in waters off the Bahamas and planned to deliver the bags to Davis.


Investigations began when the 106-foot Lazarra was seen offshore by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and put under surveillance by Homeland Security officers as it traveled into Lake Worth inlet, through the Intracoastal Waterway to the marina, according to the Palm Beach Post.


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