Friday, June 1, 2018

Elderly Cutter Still Effective

By Karen Robes Meeks

Members of the US Coast Guard Cutter Active from Port Angeles, Washington seized more than $78 million worth of cocaine and arrested six drug smuggling suspects during a patrol in international waters near Central America.

They seized more than 5,271 pounds of cocaine and the suspects during two back-to-back interdictions on the 53-year-old Coast Guard cutter May 18 and May 19.

“The crew of Active should be proud of all they’ve accomplished to combat dangerous transnational criminal organizations that spread violence and instability throughout the Western Hemisphere,” said Vice Adm. Fred Midgette, commander, US Coast Guard Pacific Area. “Their ability to complete the mission on this aging platform is a testament their abilities as cuttermen and devotion to duty as Coast Guard women and men.”