April 23, 2024
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche.
Picture credit score: Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth by way of Dvids

The U.S. Coast Guard has offloaded greater than 18,000 kilos of cocaine, with an estimated avenue worth close to $239 million, in San Diego.

Six separate suspected drug smuggling vessels off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America had been intercepted by the crews of the USCGC Waesche and Energetic. The seizures came about on November missions, in response to federal officers.

The Waesche made 4 of the seizures, totaling greater than 14,000 kilos. The most important got here on Nov. 20., when the Coast Guard crew took in 5,534 kilos from a self-propelled semi-submersible or “narco-submarine.”

The interdiction of the semi-submersible was the primary within the Jap Pacific since 2020.

The Energetic had two seizures on Nov. 23-24 totaling almost 3,900 kilos.

“I’m extraordinarily impressed with the crew’s dedication all through this dynamic patrol. They overcame a number of challenges with collective exhausting work, ingenuity and constructive attitudes to maintain us in pursuit of those cartels and their harmful medication,” stated Capt. Robert Mohr, commanding officer of the Waesche.

A number of companies performed a task within the counter-narcotic operation, together with the Division of Homeland Safety, FBI, DEA, and the U.S. Navy, together with worldwide companions.

“I’m happy with the unity of effort displayed by U.S. Coast Guard members aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche and our companions who stopped these narcotics from getting into our nation by way of the maritime area,” stated Vice Adm. Andrew Tiongson, commander, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Space.

The legislation enforcement section of counter-smuggling operations within the Jap Pacific Ocean is performed below the authority of the eleventh Coast Guard District, headquartered in Alameda County.

– Metropolis Information Service