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Coast Guard Seizes Over $143 Million Worth of Cocaine in Eastern Pacific

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, February 27, 2024 3:50 pm

Washington D.C. – The U.S. Coast Guard announced the successful seizure of over $143 million worth of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Details of the Operation:

  • During a two-month counter-narcotics patrol, a Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted a suspicious vessel acting erratically.
  • The vessel, often called a “go-fast” boat due to its high-powered engines, ignored orders to stop from Coast Guard officials.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Alert deployed its pursuit teams and disabled the suspect vessel’s engines.
  • As suspected smugglers attempted to jettison the narcotics overboard, Coast Guard crews apprehended the vessel and recovered the discarded drugs.
  • In total, Coast Guard personnel retrieved over 11,000 pounds of cocaine, valued at an estimated $143 million on the wholesale market.

Significance of the Seizure:

  • This operation demonstrates the Coast Guard’s ongoing commitment to disrupting illegal drug trafficking in the Eastern Pacific.
  • The seized narcotics represent a significant blow to criminal organizations operating in the region.
  • Commander Lee Crusius, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Alert, commended his team’s efforts and highlighted the importance of upholding international law and protecting vital interests.

Additional Information:

  • This mission signifies the final patrol for the Cutter Alert out of its current homeport in Astoria, Oregon.

Credits: Fox5Vegas

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