SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Coast Guard has seized more than 1,900 pounds (861.83 kilograms) of cocaine estimated to be worth more than $44 million off the Pacific coast of South America.

The Coast Guard announced Thursday that the seizure was made thanks to intelligence from various federal U.S. law enforcement agencies that led to a small vessel with bundles of drugs onboard.

A marksman on a helicopter working with the Coast Guard shot out the boat’s engine — allowing the Coast Guard crew to catch it.

One Ecuadorian and two Colombians have been taken into custody on drug smuggling charges.

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