The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast offloaded greater than 11,600 kilos of cocaine and 5,500 kilos of marijuana price an estimated $158 million in San Diego, Coast Guard officers stated Tuesday.
The interdictions have been performed throughout counter-narcotics patrols within the Jap Pacific Ocean between Might and July by crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Mohawk, Vigilant and Steadfast.
“The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Vigilant, Mohawk and Steadfast labored diligently to fight transnational organized crime, disrupt drug stream and stop a big quantity of medication from reaching the U.S.,” stated Rear Adm. Andrew Sugimoto, commander, Coast Guard Eleventh District. “Their unwavering dedication whereas interdicting drug smugglers at sea just isn’t solely recommended, however their continued efforts are unmatched.”
Businesses from the Departments of Protection, Justice and Homeland Safety cooperated within the effort to fight organized crime. The Coast Guard, Customs and Border Safety, the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, together with the Mexican Navy, contributed to the counter-narcotic operation, officers stated.
“Nothing is assured when a Coast Guard crew says `goodbye’ to family members and embarks on a multi-month patrol,” stated Cmdr. Brock Eckel, commanding officer of the Steadfast. “Nevertheless, our group labored extremely arduous, day-and-night, to cease three smuggling vessels, stopping greater than 5 tons of illicit narcotics from reaching American soil. I’m honored to serve with the superb Steadfast crew and share of their success.”
The Steadfast is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Astoria, Oregon. It patrols alongside the western seaboard of the US, Mexico and North and Central America conducting search and rescue, maritime regulation enforcement, dwelling marine useful resource safety, and homeland protection operations.
–Metropolis Information Service