Coast Guards seizes nearly 2,000 pounds of cocaine

Coast Guard District 7 NewsMIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin, a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Charleston, S.C., seized 1,957 pounds of cocaine from a fishing vessel in the Caribbean Sea Nov. 20.

The Gallatin crew boarded the 40-foot fishing vessel and located 37 bales of cocaine and detained four suspected smugglers.

The cocaine has an estimated wholesale value of more than $23.5 million.

The contraband and detainees were transferred to the Middle District of Florida.

“Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin’s recent interdiction is a testament to the hard work and devotion of her command and crew,” said Lt. j.g. Douglas A. Piper, a boarding officer aboard the Gallatin. “From our most junior boarding team member to our most senior officer on the bridge, each crewmember has a vital role in the Coast Guard’s mission to thwart the smuggling of illegal drugs onto American shores and into our cities.”

Commissioned on Dec. 20, 1968, the cutter Gallatin is a multi-mission cutter with a crew complement of 167.

“Although Gallatin is approaching 43 since her commissioning, like the Coast Guard’s other 10 Hamilton Class Cutters still in active service, the dedication and enthusiasm of her crew allow her to remain very capable of carrying out her primary missions of counter-drug operations, maritime law enforcement, national defense, and search and rescue,” said Capt. Caleb Corson, Gallatin’s commanding officer. “The National Security Cutters now entering service are scheduled to replace Gallatin and the other High Endurance Cutters in the near future. They are extremely capable platforms and will continue our proud tradition of serving, protecting, and defending the United States.”

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