Cutter Dallas Offloads 9,000 Pounds of Cocaine

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard handed over more than 9,000 pounds of cocaine to federal agents today at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., at 8 a.m.

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Dallas offloaded the cocaine that was seized in three separate busts in the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean by law enforcement teams with the Dallas from Charleston, S.C., and the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau from Alameda, Calif.

The crew of Dallas interdicted 450 pounds of the cocaine when they thwarted an attempt by smugglers to drop five bales of cocaine from an airplane to a small-smuggling vessel March 21 in the Caribbean Sea.

The crew of Morgenthau disrupted two smuggling attempts in the Eastern Pacific, which resulted in the seizure of more than 9,000 pounds of cocaine and nine suspects detained.

The drugs will be destroyed by federal agents, and the suspects are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Middle District Florida in Tampa, Fla.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Seaman Thomas Chegin of the Coast Guard Cutter Dallas from Charleston, S.C., ensures security for his shipmates while they offload more than 9,000 pounds of cocaine at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. The crew turned 185 bales of cocaine to federal agents. Approximately 450 pounds of the cocaine was seized by law enforcement crews of the Dallas after they thwarted an apparent attempt by smugglers drop the drugs to a small smuggling boat from an airplane. The rest of the cocaine was seized in two busts in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Coast Guard photograph by PA1 Donnie Brzuska, PADET Jacksonville.

Seaman Thomas Chegin of the Coast Guard Cutter Dallas from Charleston, S.C., ensures security for his shipmates while they offload more than 9,000 pounds of cocaine at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. The crew turned 185 bales of cocaine to federal agents. Approximately 450 pounds of the cocaine was seized by law enforcement crews of the Dallas after they thwarted an apparent attempt by smugglers drop the drugs to a small smuggling boat from an airplane. The rest of the cocaine was seized in two busts in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
Coast Guard photograph by PA1 Donnie Brzuska, PADET Jacksonville.

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