600 Pounds of Cocaine Found on West Palm Megayacht
Another day, another boat found with drugs onboard in South Florida.
This time around, the boat is a 132-foot luxury megayacht valued at about $5.5 million.
And the drug was cocaine.
Lots and lots of cocaine.
According to feds, around 620 pounds of yeyo was found on the megayacht that had docked at the Palm Harbor Marina in West Palm Beach.
The yacht's captain, Jonathan Costebader, 34, was arrested.
Captain Costenbader was spotted carrying duffel bags off the M.V. Secret Spot and then loading them into his pickup. Michelle Daniel, 33, a woman who was helping Costenbader unload the bags, was also arrested.
Costenbader had apparently just docked in from the Bahamas.
When agents asked the captain what was in the bags, he replied, "Cocaine." He also admitted getting the coke from the Bahamas and said he was going to hand the drugs over to another man here in Florida. Costenbader knew the jig was obviously up.
The man Costenbader was supposed to deliver the drugs to, Steven Torello Davis, 26, was arrested. According to investigators, Davis was expecting 200 bricks, which he was allegedly going to turn over to other people.
Homeland Security Investigations agents, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Customs and Border Patrol, and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office had Costenbader call Davis to meet and deliver the cocaine in West Palm Beach. That's when feds nabbed Davis.
Costenbader, Daniel, and Davis were charged with conspiracy to import cocaine with intent to deliver. If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of ten years to life in federal prison and a $10 million fine.
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