Cutter Bear returns to Portsmouth after cocaine seizure

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bear is scheduled to return to their homeport in Portsmouth Wednesday folowing a 45 day Caribbean patrol.

While patrolling in the Caribbean Sea under the direction of Joint Interagency Task Force South the crew was actively engaged in stemming the flow of illegal narcotics.

The ship’s law enforcement team boarded a Venezuelan-flagged fishing ship 500 miles east of Brazil and found five suspected drug smugglers and 2,380 pounds of cocaine. The suspects were transferred to Venezuelan authorities for further investigation. The crew carried out U.S. policy and served as an instrument of national security by protecting our nation’s borders from the entry of illegal narcotics.

The crew also participated in a counter narco-terrorist operation with the Jamaican Defense Force and hosted four Jamaican Coast Guard members. The crew cross trained with the Jamaicans on law enforcement tactics and boarding procedures.

Following their 45 day patrol, the crew went through two weeks of intensive training at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va., before returning to their homeport.

The Bear is one of six 270-foot medium endurance cutters homeported in Portsmouth.

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