Coast Guard Cutter Spencer returns to Boston following 3-month counter narcotic patrol

Family members welcomed  the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer home to Boston, Tuesday, November 21, 2017 following the cutter's highly successful 90-day patrol fighting transnational organized crime networks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, and training for multi-national search and rescue response in the Arctic. The Spencer's crew is looking forward to spending time with their family and friends over the holidays while preparing for their next deployment. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham.

Family members welcomed the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer home to Boston, Tuesday, November 21, 2017.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham.

BOSTON — The Coast Guard Cutter Spencer returned home to Boston Tuesday following a highly successful 90-day patrol fighting transnational organized crime networks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, and training for multi-national search and rescue response in the Arctic.

The crew’s patrol efforts resulted in the interdiction of four drug-laden vessels, the seizure of more than 7,000 pounds of cocaine worth more than $110 million dollars, and the apprehension of twelve suspected smugglers.

Last week, the crew offloaded approximately 10 tons of cocaine and 23 kilograms of heroin in Port Everglades, Florida, worth an estimated $300 million wholesale. The drugs were interdicted along Mexico and Central America by multiple U.S. Coast Guard cutters.

“While this offload represents approximately 10 tons of illicit drugs that will never hit out streets, it also represents a significant depletion to the cash flow to these criminal organizations,” said Cdr. John Mctamney, Commanding Officer Coast Guard Cutter Spencer.

Mctamney said the offload is not just the result of their crew’s work, but the combined efforts of multiple Coast Guard cutters, aircraft and support, as well as that of our partners and allied men and women who continue to work day and night to stop these criminal organizations from profiting off transnational crime and smuggling.

During their patrol, the Spencer’s crew also participated in the 2017 Arctic Guardian Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise in Reyjkavik, Iceland. The full-scale, underway exercise included participation by eight Arctic nations working to hone best practices for potential multi-national search and rescue response in the Arctic region.

The cutter Spencer is a 270-foot medium-endurance cu

Related Posts

Comments are closed.