Dependable Returns Home After Seizing More Than 4 Tons of Cocaine
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The crew of the Cutter Dependable returned home May 4 after a two-month patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, during which the crew seized more than 8,000 pounds of cocaine with an estimated value of $122 million which will be used as evidence to prosecute 19 suspected smugglers, the Coast Guard said in a release of the same date.
In four separate cases, the crew of Dependable pursued and interdicted five vessels suspected of smuggling illicit narcotics; including several high-speed pursuits of go-fast vessels specially fitted to smuggle contraband.
During a stop in Puerto Chiapas, Mexico, the commanding officer of Dependable, Cmdr. Bob Little, met with Adm. Jose Antonio Ortiz Guarneros, commander of the 2nd Division Fourth Naval Command. They discussed their shared goals to apprehend and disrupt narcotics smugglers as well as plans for continued cooperation among international partners in the region.
Virginia Beach-based Dependable is a 210-foot Reliance-class medium-endurance cutter with a crew complement of 75. It conducts homeland security missions in the offshore waters of the Western Hemisphere from New England to the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific.
Nearing its 50th year of service, Dependable and the other 26 aging medium-endurance cutters are slated for replacement by new Offshore Patrol Cutters in 2021.