Yacht captain accused of smuggling cocaine into WPB

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL (AP) - A yacht captain is accused of smuggling some 620 pounds of cocaine into West Palm Beach.

The Palm Beach Post reports 34-year-old Jonathan Paul Costenbader and co-defendants, 33-year-old Michelle Caribe Daniel and Steven Torello Davis, face federal charges of conspiracy to import cocaine and conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to deliver. They were arrested Sunday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents spotted the yacht while conducting surveillance. About three hours later, they saw it again, approaching Lake Worth Inlet. They watched as Costenbader moored up at a marina and unloaded multiple duffel bags. Upon questioning, he told them cocaine was in the bags.

Officials say Costenbader told them he was delivering the drugs to Davis. He agreed to do a controlled delivery, using fake cocaine.

Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com

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