Coast Guard offloads more than 6,500 pounds of cocaine seized in Eastern Pacific

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active offload pallets of cocaine in San Diego, Oct. 25, 2017. The crew aboard the active offloaded more than 6,000 pounds of cocaine that was interdicted in the Eastern Pacific from mid September to early October. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Taylor Bacon/released)

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active offload pallets of cocaine in San Diego, Oct. 25, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Taylor Bacon)

SAN DIEGO – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active offloaded approximately 6,570 pounds of cocaine in San Diego, Wednesday.

The seized drugs were the result of multiple interdictions conducted by multiple Coast Guard crews in the Eastern Pacific Ocean from mid-September through early October.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work and dedication displayed by my crew, the crews of cutters Alert and James, and the men and women of the aircrews and support networks ashore,” said Cmdr. Chris German, Active’s commanding officer. “Their teamwork was key to successfully combating transnational organized crime in the drug trafficking zones over the past several months. Knowing that we stopped tons of drugs from reaching the our streets, and the streets of allied nations in Central and South America, makes the long deployments away from home worth every moment.”

Combating transnational organized crime networks, from which the illegal drug trade stems, is of paramount importance to the national security of the U.S., and is a mission in which the Coast Guard and partner agencies are heavily engaged.

This offload represented seizures conducted by the following crews:

  • Coast Guard Cutter James (WSML-754), homeported in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Coast Guard Cutter Active (WMEC-618), homeported in Port Angeles, Washington
  • Coast Guard Cutter Alert (WMEC-630), homeported in Astoria, Oregon

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Coast Guard Cutter Active intercepts smuggling vessel in Eastern Pacific

A suspected smuggling boat, a low profile vessel, drifts in the Eastern Pacific Ocean after being intercepted in early October by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active. Bales of cocaine were discovered aboard the vessel by a Coast Guard boarding team during a routine counter smuggling patrol in the region. Low profile vessels are designed to avoid detection. (U.S. Coast Guard video)

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