U.S. Coast Guard Offloads More Than 6,500 Pounds of Cocaine Seized in Eastern Pacific
SAN DIEGO — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active offloaded approximately 6,570 pounds of cocaine in San Diego on Oct. 25, the Coast Guard announced in a release.
The seized drugs were the result of multiple interdictions conducted by multiple Coast Guard crews in the Eastern Pacific Ocean from mid-September through early October.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work and dedication displayed by my crew, the crews of cutters Alert and James, and the men and women of the aircrews and support networks ashore,” said Cmdr. Chris German, Active’s commanding officer. “Their teamwork was key to successfully combating transnational organized crime in the drug trafficking zones over the past several months. Knowing that we stopped tons of drugs from reaching our streets, and the streets of allied nations in Central and South America, makes the long deployments away from home worth every moment.”
Combating transnational organized crime networks, from which the illegal drug trade stems, is of paramount importance to the national security of the U.S., and is a mission in which the Coast Guard and partner agencies are heavily engaged.
This offload represented seizures conducted by the following crews:
■ Coast Guard Cutter James, homeported in Charleston, S.C.
■ Coast Guard Cutter Active, homeported in Port Angeles, Wash.
■ Coast Guard Cutter Alert, homeported in Astoria, Ore.