Coast Guard Cutter Seneca to return to Boston following $63 million drug bust, 70-day patrol

The 270-foot medium endurance Coast Guard Cutter Seneca sits moored at Coast Guard Integrated Support Command in Boston as the sun rises over the city May 16, 2008. The Seneca and its namesake cutter are both rich with maritime history. The original Revenue Cutter Seneca was the first cutter to engage in official ice patrol duties after the RMS Titanic sank in 1912. Shortly thereafter, Seneca was called on to protect convoys from submarine attacks between Gibraltar and Great Britain in World War I. Today, the Seneca, homeported in Boston, continues to carry out law enforcement, search and rescue, alien migration interdiction, and homeland security missions. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer Connie TerrellBOSTON — The Coast Guard Cutter Seneca is scheduled to return to its homeport in Boston at 9 a.m. Saturday following a 70-day, 15,000 mile deployment combating international drug trafficking and migrant interdiction operations.

During the Florida Straits and Pacific Ocean patrol, Seneca’s crew, along with an armed Coast Guard helicopter crew, interdicted five go-fast type vessels carrying cocaine from South America bound for the United States.

The interdiction of these vessels resulted in the apprehension of 15 suspected narcotics traffickers, and approximately 3.5 tons of cocaine with a street value of nearly $63 million.

The Coast Guard and partner agencies operating in the Eastern Pacific Ocean near Central and South America have seized more cocaine in the last 10 months than in 2012 through 2014 combined.

Also while on patrol, Seneca’s crew rescued and cared for more than 100 Cuban migrants who had attempted to sail from Cuba to the United States in unsafe and unseaworthy vessels.

The Coast Guard Cutter Seneca is a 270-foot Medium-Endurance Cutter. Seneca’s missions include protecting living marine resources, counter-narcotics, migrant interdiction, and search and rescue operations.

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