NORFOLK(AP) -- A Virginia-based Navy ship has recovered about $26 million worth of cocaine that was thrown overboard by suspected drug smugglers in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

The Navy says the guided-missile frigate USS Carr recovered more than 700 pounds of cocaine on Oct. 11.

The Navy says a maritime patrol aircraft was sent to intercept a speed boat that was suspected of carrying the drugs.

During the pursuit the crew threw the drugs overboard and eventually escaped.

The Carr then conducted a search to find the drugs.

The Carr is currently deployed in support of Operation Martillo, a multi-nation effort to target drug trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus.

This is the Carr's final deployment. It is scheduled for decommissioning in March.

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