Friday, February 8, 2019

Cocaine Seized

By Karen Robes Meeks

More than $83 million worth of cocaine was seized, thanks to members of the Coast Guard Cutter Alert.

The crew, which recently came home after a 60-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, interdicted two suspected drug smuggling vessels carrying more than 5,700 pounds of cocaine and held seven suspected drug traffickers.

“Coast Guard men and women operating under Joint Interagency Task Force-South, a US Southern Command component, use military hardware and law enforcement authority to interdict smuggling vessels and bring the suspects to justice,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz. “This disrupts key funding sources for these dangerous criminal networks and diminishes their influence in the Western Hemisphere. Aviation forces from the US Navy, US Air Force, US Coast Guard, US Customs & Border Protection, and others all support this crucial effort.”