The French Navy vessel Ventôse intercepted a go-fast boat at sea South of the Dominican Republic this week and confiscated 17 bales of cocaine weighing a total of 550 kilos, media reports say.
Law enforcement officials estimated the worth of the drugs at more than 3 million Euros on resale in the region and more than 15 million Euros in Europe.
According to the media reports, the drug bust occurred during the night of June 16 to 17, resulting in the detention of two crew members of the go-fast boat.
As part of an agreement between France and the Dominican Republic, the boat, the cargo and the two suspected drug traffickers were handed over to the Dominican authorities.
The seizure of the drugs came against the backdrop of a week of international meetings in the Dominican Republic on maritime trafficking as part of the Support Program for the Fight against Organized Crime in the Caribbean Region.
It was the 6th narcotics bust of the year for the French armed forces in the West Indies who have so far intercepted and withdrawn from the market more than 5.5 tonnes of cocaine.